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

W. Eliot Kimber eliot at isogen.com
Fri Nov 19 15:32:42 GMT 1999

This is my statement and I stand by it. In my experience the at-scale
use of external parsed entities for re-use has only ever led to pain.

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.

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