Appendix D XML 1 spec
richard at cogsci.ed.ac.uk
Wed Aug 26 14:22:37 BST 1998
> <!ENTITY example "<p>An ampersand (&#38;) may be escaped
> numerically (&#38;#38;) or with a general entity
> (&amp;).</p>" >
When the entity declaration is parsed, character entities are expanded
but general entities (including &) are not. (The table in section
4.4 is first place you should look in questions of this kind.)
So (as described in appendix D) the entity's value is
... (&) ... (&#38;) ... (&amp;) ...
When this is expanded in the instance, both character and general
entities are expanded (again, as specified in the table), producing
... (&) ... (&38;) ... (&) ...
in the text passed to the application.
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