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entities are not "information"

From: <WBurkett@pdit.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 09:22:00 -0700
Message-ID: <315163912623D211A5D2006008A0A9BD20E525@BEAST>
To: "'www-xml-infoset-comments@w3.org'" <www-xml-infoset-comments@w3.org>
I was a little surprised to see that the XML Information Set proposal
contained the notion of "entity".  I am a relative newcomer to the world
of XML so perhaps my understanding is off base, but it seems to me that
XML entities - as nothing more than a syntactic string substitution
mechanism - convey or represent no semantics whatsoever.  Therefore, to
my mind, "entities" per se do not convey "information" - so why is there
a requirement in the XML Information Set for them?


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