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   Non-validating parser behavior

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 16:48:35 -0500

As has been discussed on this list previously (see
http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/9808/0019.html), non-validating
parsers are not required to load external DTD information (as discussed in
section 4.4.3 and elsewhere in the spec.)  This was done, supposedly, to make
it easier to display information gathered from the Web without making the user
wait for external resources to be fetched before display or processing could

Are there any non-validating parsers that actually behave this way?  Lark and
Aelfred have both fetched external DTD subsets without a question, and I
haven't noticed anything to suggest otherwise in the non-validating parsers
I've looked at so far.

Just curious! 

Simon St.Laurent
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