Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)
simonstl at simonstl.com
Mon Nov 15 19:02:13 GMT 1999
At 10:46 AM 11/15/99 -0800, Tim Bray wrote:
>>>Hmm.... just specify the use of a nonvalidating processor. These have the
>>>right to ignore external entities, not to barf, just to ignore them.
>>Nope, sorry, not that easy, unless you ...
>>put big warning labels throughout indicating that external
>>entities should not be used.
>Right, that's it exactly. Even if you happen to be using a processor
>that might try to resolve them. Sorry, I just don't see this as a big deal.
Try explaining this glitch to people who don't understand XML well enough
to understand what an 'external entity' is a few hundred times, and perhaps
your opinion of its importance will change. The guy who used '&mycompany;'
may know what it means, but the lucky troubleshooter on the other end may
well not know - and probably shouldn't have to know.
We're probably stuck with the mess, but unfortunately it's a very big deal
to certain classes of users, particularly those who'd like XML application
to process XML documents without a lot of oversight about 'what XML really
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