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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer

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At 7:07 PM +1100 10/27/02, Rick Jelliffe wrote:

>I've never quite cottened on to why XIncludes are useful.  Is it because
>the longevity of ID/IDREF means that "document scope" has not gone
>away, yet because entities are not first-class constructs in XML the current
>generation of tools promotes an all-element solution (and bugger the

They have one crucial feature external entities don't for me: both 
the whole and the part documents can be fully valid documents. 
Sometimes I want to publish my whole book. Sometimes I just want to 
publish a chapter. Since I'm writing in DocBook with lots of 
entities, publishing the chapter requires it to have a DTD and thus a 
document type declaration, which prevents it from being an external 
parsed entity.

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