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Re: [xml-dev] MicroXML and &

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David A Lee

On Jun 1, 2012, at 5:50 PM, "Michael Kay" <mike@saxonica.com> wrote:

>> 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
> Saxonica
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