Re: A17: keep or drop entities?

At 10:40 AM 10/8/96 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>My feelings on this have been going back and forth like a ping-pong ball.

Mine too, with respect to external text entities. Internal text entities
are a must.

I think that Bill made an excellent point. Look at all of the effort that
has already gone into the issue of entity resolution over the net. Yikes.
How to parse it pales in comparison. However, I think we need to have
some form of transclusion. Personally, I think conloc makes much better
sense (this requires CONREF by the way) for general reuse, but external
entities are easier, especially for "library" reuse.

Rehabilitating server-side includes doesn't really do the trick either
because the client needs to be aware of the transclusion in order to be
able to cache it. To tell the truth, this is the biggest reason I see to
support retaining external text entities.

With regard to notations, I side with Len. I would like to retain the
ability to restrict the notations that are valid, not open it up. MIME
types are appropriate for identifying the notation of a chunk of data
as it comes in, but I think that that is too late.


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