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

Leigh Dodds ldodds at ingenta.com
Fri Nov 19 09:32:07 GMT 1999

> > > "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.

Not guilty - I just pulled out some pointers from the 'evil parsed
entities thread'. Actually I was hoping for clarifications like this,
because I got the impression that some of the details may have
been lost in the overall debate.


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