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On Thu, 19 Dec 2002 07:17:25 -0800, Dare Obasanjo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Yes, extra steps are needed to parse entities.
> I remember asking about this a while ago and the answer was related to
> last minute code changes for perf reasons.
Thanks for the clarification. That's what I thought I was responding to in
the first place :-)
Some seemed to be saying that it is a Bad Thing to require those extra
steps in order to parse arbitrary, legal XML. I personally have no problem
with it -- whether it be a bug or a feature -- simply because it *seems* to
reflect the reality that I repeatedly hear about: one can make significant
optimizations in an implementation if there is some understanding that
there will be no entities to expand. The *user* chooses whether to be
liberal at some cost (in performance, in vulerability to the billion laughs
attack, or whatever), or conservative.