document vs non-document entity (was Re: CORBA's not boring yet. / XML in an OS?)

Paul Prescod paul at
Sun Feb 7 15:53:16 GMT 1999

James Tauber wrote:
> One (serious) issue that imediately arises out of my XML überdocument system
> is that there is a difference in XML between the document entity and other
> entities: the existence of the prolog.

This is a serious problem inherited from SGML. It is my opinion that
instead of namespace declarations being done through attributes they
should have been just another form of PI-based declaration. Then in
version 2.0 of XML, all declarations should have been made "localizable."
In particular, there should be a way to declare internal text entities,
unparsed entities and attribute defaults locally.
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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