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Re: Parameter entity references

From: Digitome Ltd. <digitome@iol.ie>
Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 07:56:40 +0100
Message-Id: <199705300721.IAA10925@mail.iol.ie>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org

>That said...  I'm not certain that non-8879 "validating XML
>processors" will come into widespread use.  If they don't,
>I'm starting to be convinced that full SGML should be used
>for many "XML DTD" purposes, with the exception of a few gotchas
>that fall far short of the restrictions that XML
>places on DTDs.

This prediction sure has a ring of truth about it!

A project we have on here needs structural checks that are hard
to capture naturally in a DTD. We concluded that if we go ahead
with that project using XML we will use non-validating
XML parse followed by custom, project-specific semantic parse.

This semantic parse would naturally subsume the structural checks
we *could* have performed with a validating parse but what would
be the point? We need our own layer of semantics anyway. It seems
natural to combine the two.

Sean Mc Grath

Digitome Electronic Publishing
Received on Friday, 30 May 1997 03:21:16 UTC

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