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From: "Tim Bray" <email@example.com>
> Actually, you've put your finger on it. I think we could lose
> general entities tomorrow without much weeping.
As long as "we" means "people who only do itty bitty documents
or who have sophisticated content management systems" :-)
Getting rid of entities, and substituting them for element-based solutions
is giving a gift to the vendors of content management systems or DBMS,
and requires total refits of existing schemas and DTDs. Normally I don't quite
get Adam Bosworth, but his recent column (back page of an XML magazine)
about XML and file systems, is very interesting in this regard.