>Line breaks do matter to rendering within <pre></pre> markup. The main
>reason HTML/HTTP, historically, has been tolerant of use of LF CR and CRLF
>as line breaks, is not related to rendering. Rather, it was allowed
>as an optimization to allow sending files out over the net more
>quickly with HTTP.
Corrct. Which was probably a red herring.
My objection is based simply on the fact that I cannot see why we need
to even mention numeric character references or entity references, and
*especially* numeric character references. These are entirely separate
from the issue of tranfer encodings.