DOM Entity Value?

Tyler Baker tyler at
Fri Aug 21 05:12:36 BST 1998

John Cowan wrote:

> Tyler Baker scripsit:
> > In the current DOM spec, in the table for NodeValues, the Entity node
> > should return null for its node value.  Shouldn't it return the value of
> > the entity or in the case the entity has not been expanded then return
> > null?
> The value of an entity appears as the children of the
> Entity node.  This can be arbitrarily complex, with Text nodes or Element nodes
> or whatever (see the draft); it doesn't make sense to capture it as
> a "value" string.
> > Really, an entity with just a name, but no data associated with it is
> > pretty useless unless the entity is an external parsed entity where the
> > system id and notation name actually have some real relevance.

Thanks for the clarification.  I suppose an annoted version of the DOM draft would
help out a lot of developers such as myself on these sort of questions just like
the annotated draft of the XML 1.0 spec that Tim Bray created has helped out a lot
of developers already.


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