External Entities A Field Guide (was RE: Feeler for SML (SimpleMarkup Language))

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Fri Nov 19 04:40:07 GMT 1999

Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> > "The *ONLY TIME* external parsed entities are the right thing to do is
> > when exactly one actor is working on exactly one doucment and needs to
> > partition it into separate files for *their own* convenience. *AT ALL
> > OTHER TIMES* external parsed entities are not the right thing to use."
> > http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/xml-dev-Nov-1999/0238.html
> I quite strongly disagree with this, as does the practical experience of
> many people on this list.

Come to think of it ... doesn't the XHTML spec reuse parameter
entities?  Those are "external parsed entities".

In that case it'd be evil to have multiple copies of declarations
for internal entites like "ldquo", "rdquo", "AElig" and so on.

- Dave

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