Non-validating parser behavior

James Clark jjc at
Tue Dec 1 03:52:04 GMT 1998

Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> As has been discussed on this list previously (see
>, non-validating
> parsers are not required to load external DTD information (as discussed in
> section 4.4.3 and elsewhere in the spec.)  This was done, supposedly, to make
> it easier to display information gathered from the Web without making the user
> wait for external resources to be fetched before display or processing could
> begin.
> Are there any non-validating parsers that actually behave this way? 

Yes, expat never reads external DTD information (external DTD subsets or
external parameter references).


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