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   Re: Argh...Entities

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  • From: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • To: "XML Dev" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 04:05:59 +1000

From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>

>If we are to have validatable ENTITY/ENTITIES attributes, then
>we must have unparsed entity declarations as well.  Either
>lose both or keep both, say I.

IMHO internal entities should be remapped to use URIs:
    <!ENTITY blah "blah">
should become

    <entity name="blah" system="#XPTR=ID(xml-entity:blah)" />
    <xml id="xml-entity:blah">blah</xml>

The entity mechanism is not so useful in XML, given that it duplicates
the logical interface to storage already provided by URI/MIME/HTTP.

There should be no way to specify entities used directly (e.g. used as
&xxx;) in XSchema. The existing declarations should be kept as they are
and left to wither or grow naturally as XLinks become available.

Rick Jelliffe

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