Non-validating parser behavior

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Tue Dec 1 15:03:25 GMT 1998

At 09:21 AM 12/1/98 -0500, Clark Cooper wrote:
>Simon St.Laurent (simonstl at wrote:
>> Are there any non-validating parsers that actually behave this way?
Lark and
>> Aelfred have both fetched external DTD subsets without a question, and I
>> haven't noticed anything to suggest otherwise in the non-validating parsers
>> I've looked at so far.
>Then you've not looked at any of the parsers built on James Clark's
>expat library, for example the perl module XML::Parser. Expat does not
>read an external DTD.

Well, actually, I knew there was a reason I was avoiding using Expat in my
own work, and I knew there was a parser that behaved this way, but somehow
I didn't remember to put them together.  In any case, Expat provides an
_excellent_ example of a widely-used and well-respected parser that has
this behavior, which gives me plenty to write about.

Simon St.Laurent
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