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Re: [xml-dev] Can XML documents have loops (cycles)?

I may be misunderstanding you, Rich, but print composers do (eg,  
Arbortext to PDF).  It uses the relationships to autonumber TOCs,  
references to work packages, steps, figures, etc.  See 40051-B/C xrefs.

It has the nasty side effect that even in very large manuals, the  
contents all have to be in a single file so when the page count gets  
about say 1200 pages, a compose cycle can be fifteen or twenty  
minutes.  Tough when testing.


Quoting Richard Salz <rsalz@us.ibm.com>:

>> So, why can't XML documents have loops (cycles)?  Why doesn't an XML
>> parser have to worry about falling into an infinite loop?
> Because an XML parser does not follow ID/IDREF's.  What standard tools do?
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