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Re: [xml-dev] [Summary] A little experiment to compare external entities and XInclude

At 2010-08-16 13:08 -0400, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
>Please correct any errors I may have made.  /Roger
>Here is an XML document that declares and then uses an external entity:

"external general entity"

... you haven't talked about external parameter entities at all, so I 
think it would be important to the reader to know that you are only 
talking about some of the entities and not all of the entities.  In 
all your post you've been talking about general entities.

>External entities are part of the XML specification. Thus, external 
>entities are resolved by the XML parser. All XML parsers must 
>support external entities. So, the XML parser in IE and in Firefox 
>resolved the external entity reference.

As I cited, since "XML Parser" is not defined in the XML 
Specification as an official term, but an "XML Processor" is defined 
(the parsing is part of the processing, the processor supplies what 
is parsed to an application), that you not continue to use the term 
"XML Parser".  I grant that I see the term "parser" used in the 
specification, it has been creeping in since the Third Edition (which 
refers to it twice) and the Fourth and Fifth Editions refer to it 
three times.  I see that the second edition doesn't use the word at 
all as it was cleaned up from its use in the first edition.  My 
understanding is that was done in the second edition to clear up any 
confusion about an "XML Parser" since parsing is only part of the 
job, and that the second edition was clear there were only XML 
Processors that included a parsing activity, but there were not XML 
Parsers per se.

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . Ken

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