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Re: A note to implementors about entities in external instance data

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 14:54:20 +0200
To: "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi>, www-forms <www-forms@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.th2zgubksmjzpq@acer3010.lan>

On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 13:30:31 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> wrote:

> On Oct 13, 2006, at 15:32, Steven Pemberton wrote:
>> Seeing the following:
>> 	http://www.w3.org/2002/04/xml_bugs/#bug4
> The document is clearly referring to Gecko's behavior without naming  
> names.

Not necessarily. That document was documenting common bugs in XML parsers,  
possibly due to misreading of the spec. I have seen the bugs in more than  
just Gecko. In fact in my cases, Gecko did it right (because it did  
something special with the namespace).

> But then, it is not reasonable to rely on DTDs on the Web, so this  
> slight misfeature in Gecko is useful in discouraging the use of DTDs.

I think it is orthogonal to the use or not of DTDs. For instance, in my  
case I wanted to process documents that included (character) entities.  
Non-validating XML parsers are not allowed to declare those as  
non-wellformed just because they use externally-defined entities. I was  
unable to process those documents in some systems because the XML parser  
was incorrectly failing to parse them.

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