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   Re: [xml-dev] Character Entities: An XML Core WG View

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Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> John Cowan:
> > Rick Jelliffe scripsit:
> > > The only approach that I have seen that makes sense is to build in
> > > a fixed standard set of characters into XML, with known mappings.
> >
> > It's a lot of bulk to carry around, and where do you stop?
> All entities currently standardized: those from ISO/OASIS/W3C.

Please no.

This would make the idea of a "lightweight XML parser"
an oxymoron.  The name-to-entity mapping table alone would
be bigger than the rest of the parser in most cases.
It would take longer to initialize the mapping table than
it would to parse a medium-sized XML document.

Going out on limb here, but I don't believe XML needs this
feature.  People who are concerned about ease of authoring
should be using SGML instead.

--Joe English



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