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

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At 03:59 PM 11/1/2002 -0800, Tim Bray wrote:
>Ann Navarro wrote:
>>What I'm most interested in is a means of using such a list (whomever
>>defines it) in a way that doesn't require gymnastics like internal DTD
>>subsets. I don't think that's asking for anything outlandish.
>(a) first of all, why does it have to be internal?  If it's external & 
>identified by a well-known URI I assume that processors could have cached 
>versions and/or only retrieve when referenced.

OK, the objection really isn't about internal, it's about having to author 

>(b) the amount of gymnastics required is going to be about the same 
>whether it's DTD or some other syntax, I could devise a bunch of syntaxes 
>for saying that &foobar; means ს but none of them are really going 
>to be dramatically simpler than the <!ENTITY syntax that DTDs use.

That assumes that you're not just a consumer of a DTD, but an author of one 
(and further assumes that one is present). I don't believe those 
assumptions are necessarily warranted.



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