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RE: A simple guy with a simple problem

So to ask as straight man:

Why does XML have a feature that permits 
a "bad practice"?

1.  Compatibility?
2.  Keeping the SGML experts happy?
3.  A simple solution that has 
    complicated results if misapplied?

Not XML, but here is an interesting article 
illustrating some results of bad practice 
and what can happen if the simple 
approach is preferred. (Try the simple 
thing first and wait for the results...).


Stunning information.  The architects tried to 
make it easy then the world made it hard.  So 
they adjust but not before the damage is done.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]

The deeper and de facto bad practice is in having a 
production system rely on defaults out of an external 
DTD subset at all.  Sean gives a good example of why 
this is the case.  Avoid this bad practice and you're
fine.  -Tim