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Re: [xml-dev] A little experiment to compare external entities andXInclude

> 1. What should I conclude from this little experiment? Should I conclude that the browsers support external entities but do not support XInclude?

> 2.<xi:include>  elements are resolved by the XML parser, correct? By "resolve" I mean that the<xi:include>  element is replaced by the contents of the file it references.
No, xi:include is resolved by an XInclude processor, which you can put 
anywhere in your processing pipeline. This is one of the benefits over 
external entities, for example you can do XSLT transformations or XSD 
validation on the document before applying the includes or after 
applying them, or you can transform the document leaving the xi:include 
elements intact, or substitute them with different xi:include elements.

Because XInclude processing is not a function of the XML parser, your 
remaining questions are irrelevant.

Michael Kay

> 3. The XML parsers in IE and Firefox do not support XInclude, correct?
> 4. The XML parser in IE is MSXML, correct?
> 5. What is the XML parser in Firefox?
> 6. What XML parsers support XInclude?
> /Roger
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