<!ENTITY amp "&38;">

Chris Lovett clovett at microsoft.com
Tue Dec 1 17:06:46 GMT 1998

I was looking at the Shakespeare samples (shakespeare.1.10.xml) on
http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/sun-info/xml/eg/ and noticed that the file
play.dtd contains the tag <!ENTITY amp "&#38;"> which causes IE 5 to
generate the error: Error while parsing entity 'amp'. Unexpected end of
file. Line 1, Position 1. The reason for this is that IE5 resolves numeric
entities immediately, leaving the entity with the value "&" then it parses
this to build an EntityReference DOM Node - which then results in the parse

According to the XML spec, the entity should be written as "<!ENTITY amp
"&#38;#38;"> .  See
http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210#sec-predefined-ent.  This works
fine in IE5.

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