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

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Tue Nov 9 21:33:15 GMT 1999

At 01:21 PM 11/9/99 -0800, David Brownell wrote:
>> ... external parsed entities are evil ...
>Bringing morality into it seems ... irrelevant, extremist.

Well, I'm with Eliot.  XML would be altogether better if we'd just
bagged external parsed entities.  All repeat all the corner cases that
I know of are right here.  In particular, since in the history of SGML,
the number of tools that actually did useful things with them was very
small, we have no excuse.  Oh well. -Tim

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