external parsed entites (was: A unique ID question ?)

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Sun Nov 7 20:12:56 GMT 1999

"Steven R. Newcomb" wrote:
> Some people would assert that this capability is no longer needed, and
> that there's no longer any such thing as a document that's large
> enough to require that its source be distributed among multiple
> containers (entities).  These people would assert that, given modern
> computing resources, if a document is so large that it still needs to
> be distributed among multiple containers, it is too damn big and
> should be split up. 

Another way of looking at this:  "Some People" have very strong
assumptions about the scale of documents XML should work with.

Now, we all know that scaling assumptions like that are dangerous.
(Or if we don't, it's time to learn it!)

A better approach is to recognize the document scaling is one
of the issues that designers must deal with, external entities
are one of the tools available to manage it, and that whenever
you have lots of data to deal with you're going to have to be
very careful.

- Dave

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