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   Re: XML Torture Test: Parsers Fail

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 10:31:34 -0400 (EDT)

Richard L. Goerwitz writes:

 > I don't see anything in the spec that says "don't read and validate 
 > external parsed entities if they're not used."  And in fact, the spec
 > seems to say that, in order to be valid, they must (whether used or not)
 > match certain productions in the grammar.

You could check them for well-formedness (I guess), but you could not
validate them out of context -- the contents of an external parsed
general entity might be valid at one reference point and invalid at

For external parsed parameter entities, again, you could check that
the declarations are well-formed, but you cannot do much else out of

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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