Entities and Expat

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Wed May 12 19:00:59 BST 1999

Nik O wrote:

> I should have mentioned that i had previously tried to include entity
> declarations within my document (there is presently no DTD associated with
> the document).

That is your problem.  You need to create a DTD internal subset
declaration, like this:

<!DOCTYPE root-element-name [
	<!ENTITY copy "&#38;copy;">
	<!ENTITY aelig "&#38;aelig;">
	etc. etc.

That will cause the entity reference "&aelig;" to expand to the
string "&aelig;", which seems to be what you want.

>  John Cowan wrote:
> > All you actually have to do is to ensure that the next character
> > (if not #, see above) is a NAMESTRT character, and that all characters
> > until ; are either NAME or NAMESTRT characters.  There is no need (and
> > in fact it is forbidden) to look up the supposed entity name anywhere.

I was talking about a different case:  entity references within
entity declarations, not entity references within the document instance
itself.  This is really only of concern to parser writers.
John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan at ccil.org
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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