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   Entity's replacement text contain an entity reference?

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  • From: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 1999 07:43:03 -0400

(Sorry, I screwed up on the Subject line in my last message.  Now it is

Hi Folks,

Can an entity's replacement text contain an entity reference?  For

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE test [
<!ENTITY foo "foomeister">
<!ENTITY boo "it is a &foo;">

Note that the entity, boo, has in its replacement test a reference to an
entity, foo.  Is this legal? (Seems like it should be since the
replacement text is "parseable".)  I imagine the above XML to expand to:
    it is a foomeister

If this is legal, what XML parsers support it?  IE5 doesn't seem to.

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