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I have relatively few problems with the notion of an entity (even a
parameterized entity) being in XML 2.0 - the problem that I have
currently is that the entity mechanism that currently exists is tied
to the DTD world exclusively. XInclude is not as "elegant" from a
handcrafting standpoint, but from an XML processing standpoint it
makes much more sense, especially in the presence of XPointer.
I personally would prefer to see <x:include href="myUrl#foo"/> over
"&foo;", or at worst some kind of glossary referencing structure a la
<x:entity name="foo">Here's my boiler-plate text</x:entity>
<x:entity name="bar" href='myUrl#bar'/>
<x:ref name="foo"/><x:ref name="bar"/>
The single area where this does prove problematic is in character
references. Even there, if you permit entities, I still think that
their declaration should be something handled as angle-bracket XML:
<x:char-entity name="nbsp" charset="UTF-8" charcode="160"/>
This is a fixed space.
In this case, entities would be limited ONLY to character entities in XML 2.0.
On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 13:29:30 -0800, Robert Koberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Peter Hunsberger wrote:
> > On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 13:04:09 -0800, Robert Koberg <email@example.com> wrote:
> >>Amelia A Lewis wrote:
> >>>On Fri, Feb 04, 2005 at 10:20:42PM +0200, Toni Uusitalo wrote:
> > <snip/>
> >>>At present, there's no apparent activity targeted toward providing an
> >>>alternate entity-definition mechanism.
> >>Don't know if you followed the Ant(ish) thread but we use Ant and its
> >>filter capabilities to do what entities do. For example, on copying
> >>files(ets) like:
> >><p>blah blah @psuedoentity@ blah<p>
> >>is replaced with its property definition.
> >>Alternatively you could use XInclude.
> >>Entities blow and are unnecessary.
> > Sure, or just use XSLT and a bunch of other attached machinery.
> > Somehow this strikes me like telling someone that they don't need a
> > trunk on their favorite sports car and if they really want to haul
> > groceries around they should go buy a 20 ton dump truck...
> I guess I see it different. To keep entities would be more like asking
> everyone to own a 20ton dump truck. I guess I don't understand your
> point... The thread is about xml moving forward. Enitites are an anchor.
> Are you saying entities should be left to draw to an indefinite length?
> > (Not that I'm a fan of entities either.)
> Then why are you arguing?
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