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Re: DTD declaration

At 12:03 2001 03 11 -0700, Mike Brown wrote:
>Richard Knapp wrote:
>> In section 4.3.1 of Rec 20001006, there is discussion about Text Declaration. It says "External parsed entities 
>> should begin with a text declaration" where the declaration is
  (not must)
>> 	<?xml version="1.0"?>
>> or a variation on that.
>> Is this required in a DTD if it is separate from the XML document? I can't find anything that specifically 
>> addresses this issued.

No.  The rest of Mike's response is correct except, but it is not
correct that the text declaration is required (as is clear from the
rest of Mike's message, so I think his "yes" is a "typo").


>if the DTD is separate from the document entity, then it is an
>"external" entity. If it's readable by an XML processor (parser) then it is
>a (dubious tense notwithstanding) "parsed" entity.
>The point of the text declaration is mainly to allow an external entity to
>indicate to an XML parser what its character encoding is.
>If it doesn't have a text declaration, the usual rules for determining the
>entity's character encoding will apply, and it will be an error if the
>entity does not have the same encoding as is automatically determined...
>just like with any other entity -- DTD, document, or document fragment