Java class != XML entity

David Megginson david at
Tue Aug 11 19:46:57 BST 1998

David G. Durand writes:

 [writing about scoping in Java classes]

 > The equivalent to this policy for XML would be for the "minimization
 > declarations" to be local to the _entity_. 

Reasonable people may disagree: many of us believe (from SGML
experience, especially) that entities are simply slightly-constrained
storage units with no other special significance -- if Java had
#include files, then those would be the equivalents of XML entities.
As far as I may be allowed to compare tropical and temperate tree
fruit, the equivalent of a Java class is a complete XML document.

The problem is that we don't have a good name for a collection of XML
documents working tightly together, the way that a collection of Java
classes can work in an applet or application -- "web" seems too loose,
and "docuverse" seems too New-Age.  Any suggestions?

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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