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Re: [xml-dev] MicroXML and &

> I couldn't even support such an idea in principle. For me, one of the 
> cornerstones of XML's value is in completely determining the lexical 
> space. I think leaving entity interpretation to applications would 
> kick a huge hole in that.
Actually, it strikes me as quite an intelligent layering. If xinclude 
processing can be done in a different layer from XML parsing, why not 
entity expansion? In fact, it's strongly arguable that it SHOULD be a 
separate process; one of the use cases for entity expansion is to give a 
level of indirection so that the same entity reference can be replaced 
by different text at different places/times, and that works much better 
if it isn't embedded in the parser.

But that raises the question of why a "MicroXML" standard should need 
entities at all. It can all be done with elements, and I thought the aim 
was to reduce the number of concepts?

Michael Kay

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