Redirecting XML files?

John Cowan cowan at
Tue May 11 16:43:36 BST 1999

Dave Winer wrote:

> Something like this:
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <redirect></redirect>


> Is there any provision in the XML specs for redirecting in this manner or a
> similar one?

Sort of.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE rss [
  <!ENTITY pyrzqxgl SYSTEM "">]>

Of course, you have to use a parser that handles external entities.
Note that this won't handle redirection to redirections, because an
external entity can't have its own DTD.

But rolling your own isn't bad either.

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