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   Re: thoughts on XInclude

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  • From: "Laurent Bossavit" <laurent@mmania.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 10:04:32 +0200

> Are folks on this list planning to use XInclude when it arrives?

There's a corollary question : what are folks using in the interim ?

External entities are well documented as a means of achieving modular 
structure, but suffer some drawbacks (which are also well-known). The 
XSL document() function provides an alternative, but obviously its 
use is incompatible with forms of XML processing other than XSL.

Document modularity is of particular importance in repository-type 
applications; one such solution, eXcelon, has "binder documents" 
wherein included XML documents are referred to via an application-
defined element and an XPath expression. An XPath extension function 
is provided to optionally disable traversal when processing the  
binder document.

Other than the above, are list members aware of other implementations 
(parsers, XSLT processors, or whatever) with similar functionality in 
any form ?

One of my future projects requires a repository of XML documents 
which will be enriched with metadata, and permitting the construction 
of 'meta-documents' referencing several primary documents. I'm sure 
this is a fairly common situation, and any suggestions would be 


Laurent Bossavit     -     Ingénieur R&D
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