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Re: Include pieces of code in an HTML file

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 18:40:12 -0400 (EDT)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991001182300.27325B-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
As mentioned before, inclusion has been discussed many times on this list.
See <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/1998Apr/0032.html> for
the beginning of one discussion.

My views are that

SSI doesn't reduce server load when it could.

OBJECT can't include a document nicely, because that doucment whould be a
complete HTML document with its own title and style-sheet etc.  The
included document isn't part of the parse-tree, so it will mess up DOM and
DSSSL processing.

SGML already allows for external entites.  The specs only need to be
changed to allow the following construct:

"http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/strict.dtd" [
<!ENTITY header SYSTEM "http://www.example.com/header.inc">
<!ENTITY footer SYSTEM "http://www.example.com/footer.inc">
<HTML lang=en-CA>



<!-- main body here -->


This is perfectly in line with SGML, and I really don't know why it hasn't
been adopted.

Personally I write my HTML in any valid way that I want (using shorttags
to my hearts content) and then run

spam -p -x -x -momittag -mshorttag -mms 

on my file.


Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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