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Re: Parameter entity references in WF docs

From: Terry Allen <tallen@sonic.net>
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 09:45:58 -0700
Message-Id: <199705281645.JAA14879@bolt.sonic.net>
To: tbray@textuality.com, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Tim Bray writes:
| I'm now putting PE reference handling in Lark, and it's turning into
| quite a lot of code - since these things are just for DTD's, and Lark
| is nonvalidating anyhow, I'm wondering if the extra processing and code
| size required are in the spirit of XML, particularly for lightweight
| standalone processing.  It seems like PE's are largely in the spec to
| support authoring-end activities.
| 
| Would it be reasonable to think about saying either that
| (a) PErefs should not be used in the internal DTD subset, or
| (b) PErefs should not be used in WF docs?

(b) Where would parameter entities be used in WF docs? 

(a) Absolutely not.  That's how we make Docbook and other DTDs
customizable (not just extensible).

Instead of appealing to an undefined "spirit of XML" it would be
better to refer to existing requirements documents.



  Terry Allen    Electronic Publishing Consultant    tallen[at]sonic.net
                   http://www.sonic.net/~tallen/
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          T.A. at Passage Systems:  terry.allen[at]passage.com 
Received on Wednesday, 28 May 1997 12:44:30 UTC

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