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   Re: [xml-dev] Internal entities removed from XML?

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On Thu, 19 Dec 2002 07:17:25 -0800, Dare Obasanjo <dareo@microsoft.com> 

> 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.   


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