Math Entities and Real Browsers

Math entities as defined for use with HTML and real browsers don't always work well together. I took a quick survey on the Doc-SIG in 2001, and am presenting the results here instead of letting the collected data rot in a text file in my working directory.

Of particular interest at the time were the entities ± (for the "plus or minus" sign, usually typeset as a little plus sign hovering over a little minus sign), and ∞ (the "infinity" sign; typeset as a lazy-eight).

Browser Version O/S ± ∞
Mozilla 0.9, 0.9.1, 1.1 Linux ok ok
Galleon 1.2.6 Linux ok ok
Navigator 4.76, 4.77 Linux ok no!
Opera 5.0 Linux ok no!
Opera 6.03 Linux ok ok
Amaya 4.3.2 Linux ok ok
Konqueror 1.9.8, 2.2.1 Linux ok no!
StarOffice 5.2 Linux ok no!
gnome-help 0.4 Linux ok no!
Lynx 2.8.4rel.1 Linux ok displayed "infty"
Links 0.92 Linux displayed "+-" no!
elinks 0.3.0 Linux displayed "+-" displayed "infty"
w3m 0.3.1 Linux ok no!
Dillo 0.6.6 Linux ok no!
Internet Explorer 5.5 Windows 98SE ok ok
Internet Explorer 6.0 preview Windows 2000 ok ok
Mozilla 0.9 Windows 2000 ok ok
Mozilla Firefox 0.8 Windows 2000 ok ok
Navigator 6.0 Windows 2000 ok ok
Opera 5.11 Windows 2000 ok no!
Opera 6.05 Windows XP ok ok
Opera 7.11 Windows XP ok ok
Internet Explorer 5.0 Mac OS ok ok
Navigator 4.72 Mac OS ok no!
Lynx 2.8.2 SunOS no! displayed "infty"
Lynx 2.8.3 BSD no! displayed "infty"

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