Tom Otvos tom.otvos at
Wed Aug 4 22:34:03 BST 1999

When specifying the URI for an external DTD in the DOCTYPE declaration, is
it generally accepted that a network-accessible document should be
specified, or a local one?  I often see examples where the URI is http://...
<http://...> , but I find it hard to imagine that *every time* a particular
XML file is parsed by a validating parser, the DTD is downloaded from some
remote web server.  The XML spec does not seem to talk about this, but is
there some search algorithm that allows a remote URI to be overridden by a
local file, if it exists?
Thanks, in advance, to anyone that can clear this up for me.

Tom Otvos
Director of Research, Pervasive Software Inc.

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