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   Standalone documents as external parsed entities.

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  • From: Alan Kennedy <alank@iol.ie>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 00:38:14 +1000


>From my reading of the XML 1.0 spec, it is not possible to have a
standalone document, with it's own DTD, "included" in another document
as an external parsed entity.

Am I wrong?

My situation is that I have a group of standalone documents, each one
representing a member of a scientific organization. As well as producing
a web page for each of those members, from the standalone documents, I
want also to produce a "directory" on a separate page, which lists each
of the members, in alphabetical order, by country, etc. The most obvious
way to do this is to group the standalone documents in a "list"
document, which contains external entity references which refer to each
and every one of the standalone documents, and use XSL to
order/transform that "list" document.

Not being able to have a DTD on external parsed entities makes it
difficult to deal with character entities in those parsed entities, for
one thing, not to mention attribute handling.

Am I missing something?

Alan Kennedy.

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