Parser compliance

Richard Lanyon rgl at
Wed Nov 17 12:30:12 GMT 1999

On Wed, 17 Nov 1999, James Clark wrote:
> Richard Lanyon wrote:
> > On 16 Nov 1999, David Megginson wrote:

> > > Well, Expat is drop-dead, shoot-your-dog-if-it-ain't conformant...

> > Indeed, but it's not necessarily "fully-featured" in that it doesn't
> > include external entities

> It does actually. It's supported external general entities for a long
> time.  The current test version (at
> also support external parameter
> entities including the DTD subset; this is the version being used in
> Perl or Mozilla, so it's actually fairly solid.

Ah, right - apologies for disseminating false information, I was going on
"received wisdom" which is always an error in the Age of Internet Time.

> > and isn't validating

> This is true.  XML 1.0 DTD validation isn't very useful for the things
> I'm interested in and I want to keep the code size small.

It's not useful for our processing, either, but it's possible that some
people might want our processor to tell them what's wrong with their XML
before processing it.

Richard Lanyon (Software Engineer) |     "The medium is the message"
XML Script development,            |             - Marshall McLuhan
DecisionSoft Ltd.                  |

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