Namespace handling in XML Processors

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Sep 1 01:22:09 BST 1999

W. Eliot Kimber scripsit:

> While logically there is no difference between the internal and external
> subsets, XML defines slightly different rules for how the internal and
> external subsets must be processed. This reflects common (although
> misguided, IMNSHO) practice and makes things easier for processors that
> don't do validation and therefore don't need to process the
> declarations.

Even non-validating XML processors need to process at least some of
the declarations.  In particular, notation and unparsed-entity
declarations must be passed to the application, and ATTLIST
declarations must be used and understood.

John Cowan                                   cowan at
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