Deterministic behavior in processors

Tim Bray tbray at
Wed Aug 5 16:01:42 BST 1998

At 09:46 AM 8/5/98, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>I have briefly re-read the spec and it's not immediately clear to me where
>it says that a NVP is allowed to neglect a and b if it's feeling lazy. (It
>does say that if these are in an external subset they can be neglected, I

Section 4.4.3.  C'mon Peter, this was one of the things we spent immense
time hashing out well over a year ago.  Now it turns out that de facto,
typical real-world NVPs will actually on demand read external entities...
but it was a basic design assumption, driven mostly by the war-stories
of the browser guys, that it was not reasonable to expect a lightweight
web-client type of app to resolve external entities in real time.

The expectation is that the *right* way to do this kind of thing is
with XLink, which should have been done months ago if it hadn't been
for this #%!%$@ namespace swamp. -Tim

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