Why is this JC test not-wf?

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Wed Mar 17 20:35:24 GMT 1999

>So it defines an external entity 'e', which resolves to a file named 'nul',
>which is an empty file. Then it references that entity as the value of the
>attribute 'a'. To me, that seems perfectly fine.

Attribute values cannot contain references to external entities. See the WFC
in 3.1

I wanted to do this on XMLSOFTWARE where I wanted to have an attribute
Updated="&date;" where date was an external entity changed daily by a cron
job. Instead I just made it an element rather than an attribute.

James Tauber / jtauber at jtauber.com / www.jtauber.com
Associate Researcher, Electronic Commerce Network
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

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