intercepting internal entities?

Chris Lilley chris at
Sun May 2 01:40:17 BST 1999

"DuCharme, Robert" wrote:
> Here's my problem: let's say I have a document with ä in it
> somewhere and auml properly declared as an internal entity in the DTD
> along with the other 589 internal entities shown at
> My application will
> write to one file headed for a Windows app (in which case I want the
> ä mapped to byte 228), a Mac document (where I want it mapped to
> byte 138) a DOS one (byte 132), a web page ("ä") and a Bloomberg
> terminal ("a").

You appear to be mixing up bytes and characters.

> In SGML, we would declare auml as an SDATA entity and the conversion
> tools would let me trap the internal entity event and map it
> appropriately depending on the output format. Using Java and SAX, I
> don't see any equivalent event to trap. 

Right. For the reasons that you mention. Instead, try using the same
Unicode character throughout and letting the client map to whatever
internal character set it may prefer, if it needs to.


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