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   Re: [xml-dev] xml-entity PI

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On Sat, 2004-10-23 at 11:10, G. Ken Holman wrote:
> Moreover, no XML file with entity references using the above declarations 
> would be well-formed because existing XML processors seeing the entity 
> references would not have associated XML 1.0 or XML 1.1 declarations for 
> them.  Therefore, you cannot call such a file an XML file.

Aye, Amelia contacted me off list and pointed me in this direction(and
to the 04/04 discussion regarding EDML).

> >With the many validation mechanisms available today, it seems a bit
> >obtuse to rely solely on DTDs for sources of entities.
> Ummmmmmm ... with an existing method of doing entities why introduce a 
> different way of doing them?  Any different way would be an incompatible 
> way.  Your proposed way would render all existing XML processors incapable 
> of reading the document, since you've violated syntactic rules that are 
> already standardized.  It wouldn't be XML.

Well, such a mechanism would require a version bump then. I guess this
is frowned upon. (;

Although, it's pointless for me to defend this stance, as I'm convinced
that it's not the right way due to these points and the possibility of a
method that may be a bit more acceptable. I plan to post another message
regarding this other method soon..

> I hope this helps.

Absolutely, thank you for your response.

        James William Pye

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