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[Bug 13409] Defining Entity references for characters in XHTML.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:58:26 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13409

Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |hsivonen@iki.fi
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #1 from Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> 2011-07-29 14:58:26 UTC ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Using entity references in an XML document bearing a doctype whose
public id is not on the list of special public ids currently listed in the spec
wouldn't be compatible with deployed browsers. In other words, such content
wouldn't Degrade Gracefully. The allegation that the list encourages the use of
a non-conforming (for XHTML5) DTD is incorrect. DTDs are part of the XML syntax
and, thus, are part of the syntax layer that XHTML5 is built on top of. Since
XML doesn't provide an abstraction for specs layered on top of XML to place
constraints on the XML layer, XHTML5 has no jurisdiction to place constraints
on the XML layer (even though it suggests a particular entity resolver
configuration). XHTML5 conformance requirement cannot restrict the use of a
DTD, so any DTD is conforming for XHTML5. Thus, the spec isn't encouraging the
use of DTDs that are non-conforming for XHTML5.

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