SAX2: AttributeList2 and EntityRefList

James Clark jjc at
Fri Mar 26 04:26:51 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:

> As John Cowan has pointed out, the XML 1.0 REC requires that
> processors report unexpanded entity references, and presumably that
> applies to references in attribute values as well as elsewhere; as a
> result, it is impossible to treat an XML attribute value simply as a
> string.

I'm not seeing this.  All I can find is:

> 4.4.3 Included If Validating
> When an XML processor recognizes a reference to a parsed entity, in order to validate the document, the
> processor must include its replacement text. If the entity is external, and the processor is not attempting to
> validate the XML document, the processor may, but need not, include the entity's replacement text. If a
> non-validating parser does not include the replacement text, it must inform the application that it recognized,
> but did not read, the entity.

4.4.3 applies only to external parsed general entities.  External parsed
entities are not allowed in attribute values.


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