conflicting answers

Arjun Ray aray at
Thu Nov 6 17:22:53 GMT 1997

On Wed, 5 Nov 1997, Tim Bray wrote:

> At 10:03 AM 06/11/97 +1300, Scott Cooper wrote:
> >suggesting parameter entity references aren't expanded within the
> >default string in an attdef(?). good, bad and/or ugly? 
> Wrong.  They are supposed to be expanded. -T.

Really? It's not that way in SGML. Clause 11.3.4 "Default Value" (p. 424-5
in the Handbook) has this 

[147] default value =
        ( ( RNI,
             ps+ ) ?,
          attribute value specification ) |

which basically means that a string literal for the a.v.s will not be
replaceble parameter data.

FWIW, nsgmls doesn't expand PEs here either.


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