SAX: External Entity Start and End (question 2 of 10)

Tim Bray tbray at
Sun Jan 4 18:09:26 GMT 1998

At 10:04 AM 03/01/98 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>Should SAX generate events for the start and end of an external

I'd say no on this one.  Reasons: 
- if we leave it out now we can add it later; the reverse is not true
- one of my goals for SAX is to present to people who want to see XML
  as "just elements and attributes".  I happen to think this is a 
  reasonable way to want to look at XML; present entities as an
  *authoring* convenience; from the point of view of the downstream
  parser, your handy local XML parser makes the issue go away
- I'm far from convinced that external entities will actually get
  that much use.


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