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Old 11-10-2012, 11:46 AM   #4
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The most common reasons for using entities rather than Unicode characters are:
  • If your keyboard does not support the character you need to type, eg many keyboards do not have em-dash or the copyright symbol.
  • If your editor does not support unicode (not an issue for Sigil, of course!).
  • When you want to make it explicit in the source what is happening, eg the   code is clearer than the corresponding whitespace character.
  • When you need to escape HTML special characters like >, &, or ".
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