In the 'Wikipedia:Bug reports' page, it came
up that someone's trying to
make an article titled "β-cyclodextrine", ie using the HTML
character entity for the greek letter beta (β).
Currently the code makes a mess of attempts to do this; it can be sorted
out, but the question is how *should* it behave?
Possibility one: Ampersands in general and HTML entities in specific
should not work in article titles; links to such pages will be
considered invalid. (I believe this is how it worked on the old
software.) The user should probably instead title that page
Possibility two: Ampersands will be escaped; HTML entities will not work
as such in article titles, but the name typed as "β-cyclodextrine"
would appear as typed, with an ampersand, the word "beta" and a
semicolon. The user should probably instead title that page
"Beta-cyclodextrine", but might well call a page "HTML entity
Possibility three: HTML entities should work in article titles. Thus the
name typed as "β-cyclodextrine" will appear in body text and the
page title with a beta character. For "HTML entity β" to display as
intended the wikipedian must type "HTML entity &beta;".
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com
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