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Re: Parameter entities vs. GI name groups

From: Terry Allen <tallen@sonic.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 07:06:48 -0700
Message-Id: <199706191406.HAA29801@bolt.sonic.net>
To: elm@arbortext.com, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Eve wrote:
| The ERB, in its meeting yesterday, discussed the issue of parameter
| entities in XML.  We are *strongly* leaning towards voting to remove
| parameter entities entirely *from V1.0* as long as GI name groups are
| reinstated in ELEMENT and ATTLIST declarations:
| 
| <!ELEMENT (a|b|c) ...>
| <!ATTLIST (x|y|z) ...>
| 
| We plan to vote on this at next Wednesday's meeting; your input is welcome.

This would make even slightly complex DTDs much more difficult to
maintain (as you know), and would strengthen the case for 1) eliminating
DTDs entirely from the spec and 2) never constructing them in XML,
rather producing one's document in SGML and filtering to XML.  It would
also blow away any chance of using familiar techniques to customize
DTDs, reducing the utility of caching them and stranding TEI users.

Of course, that's obvious.  But you say what you are leaning toward
doing without saying why, so it's hard to know what argument might
be considered relevant.  



Regards,
  Terry Allen    Electronic Publishing Consultant    tallen[at]sonic.net
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Received on Thursday, 19 June 1997 10:07:13 EDT

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