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  • From: Eric Bickford <eric@macweb.com>
  • To: "xml" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Dec 97 22:13:46 -0800

>>3) Does anyone have an opinion on how &entities; can best be used with a 
>>database application? For example, assume you declare in your DTD a list 
>>of &entities;, one for each database field name/value. If we are to 
>>expect browsers to parse an xml document with entities, how can a found 
>>table or hit list of values get substituted?
>I'm not sure entities are the way to go for this.  WHy not just generate
>your HTML or XML on the fly the way any number of excellent products
>do right now? -Tim

But these database products don't currently comply with XML markup 
standards. Granted they're server-side apps so it's not a real problem, 
while XML seems largely designed from a client-side perspective. But I 
think it important to extend the syntax standards of XML to server-side 
apps as well. For example, a database &fieldname; entity could be the 
proper markup for a database CGI to insert field data rather than perhaps 

Which leads to another question... I doubt declared &entity; names can 
have a space (e.g. &field name;)? Can they?

I'd love to hear from anyone with opinions on how best to meld XML 
templates with databases services.

Eric Bickford                      eric@macweb.com
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