Schemas and Other Crucial XML Questions

David Megginson david at
Mon Aug 10 21:28:24 BST 1998

Tyler Baker writes:

 > BTW, on a side-note I am having a problem understanding whether the
 > external subset or the internal subset should be parsed first.  I
 > would assume that the external subset should go first, but in this
 > case it would make using INCLUDE and IGNORE sections to be pretty
 > useless.  This is something that is not clarified as far as I can
 > tell in the 1.0 spec so if someone could clarify how this should be
 > handled by a parser, then I would greatly appreciate it.

The internal DTD subset is parsed first, so that entity declarations
there take priority over those in the external subset -- I don't have
time to check the actual language of the spec right now, however.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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