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- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: <email@example.com>
- Date: 19 Nov 1999 13:38:51 -0500
"Michael Champion" <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com> writes:
> > This is my statement and I stand by it. In my experience the
> > at-scale use of external parsed entities for re-use has only ever
> > led to pain.
> OK, so can I ask the list's opinion on what one CAN do to facilitate
> the re-use of XML components produced by different authors or
> processes? This is one thing that XML is *supposed* to do well, if
> you believe various bits of hype.
In the SGML world, Eliot Kimber wrote a very well-respected paper on
why separate documents (SUBDOCs) are better than references to
external parsed entities -- I no longer have the URL, unfortunately.
In general, if you want to reuse chunks of XML, there are enormous
advantages to something like
<!ENTITY foo SYSTEM "foo.ent">
The XML linking people have done yeoman's (and woman's) work trying to
figure out standard attributes for specifying this kind of
relationship -- I've fallen behind, but perhaps Tim can let us know
where things are right now.
All the best,
David Megginson firstname.lastname@example.org
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