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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 13:48:03 -0400
Richard L. Goerwitz wrote:
> (Incidentally, does it bother anyone else that you can have valid docu-
> ments that aren't well-formed?
Not by definition: a non-WF document simply isn't an XML document at
all, and calling it "valid" is no more meaningful than calling the
text of this email "valid".
In any case, I don't understand your example.
> Imagine an external entity used inside
> an attribute value? If declared in such a way that a non-validating
> parser doesn't realize it's external, then the validating parser will
> reject it as an error (can't have external entities in this context).
References to external entities in attribute values are not WF.
All this means is that a non-validating parser that doesn't read
all the external parameter entities may fail to detect certain WF
A validating parser, or for that matter a non-validating but
all-entity-reading parser, will correctly reject such a document as
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