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Julian Reschke wrote,
> > This is especially annoying when running something like BEA
> > WebLogic on your machine because you're doing a web app. BEA
> > stores config info in XML which references some DTD at BEA and the
> > server simply won't start if that server isn't available. You can
> > argue this is a misuse of XML - I think so - but its one of those
> > things thats going to hurt people's impressions of XML.
> Yes. Don't do that. Either do not validate at all, or validate
> against a local copy. This is common sense. I'm surprised how
> frequently people make this mistake.
I'm surprised that you're surprised.
I don't think it's at all widely understood that XML documents have
inherent network semantics which should typically be suppressed.
I'd love to see some stats on how frequently popular DTD external
subsets are retrieved. Is there anyone here who's in a position to