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Re: Fwd: XHTML character entity support

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 10:28:20 +0100
To: "John Cowan" <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: "public-xml-core-wg@w3.org" <public-xml-core-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.u2ta9igdidj3kv@simon-pieterss-macbook.local>
On Mon, 02 Nov 2009 20:41:24 +0100, John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org> wrote:

> Simon Pieters scripsit:
>
>> What is being discussed is not adding predefined entities. What is being
>> discussed is making certain doctypes map to DTDs that contain just  
>> entity
>> declarations (which is what Firefox, WebKit and Opera do today).
>
> Well, any non-validating parser is free to do that today.  (It's not  
> quite
> clear to me from the XML Rec whether a validating parser is compelled
> to actually read an external DTD subset, or whether it may simply assume
> what it contains.)
>
> The downside is that some non-validating parsers, those that do not read
> the external subset, will reject the document as not well-formed.

Or they can fail to expand the entities without a fatal error (like Opera  
does). Either way, this is exactly the issue. If I understand Alexey  
correctly, he wants to remove the downside by having a requirement that  
UAs have the mapping for a handful of doctypes.

-- 
Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Tuesday, 3 November 2009 09:29:13 UTC

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