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Re: XML schema DTD not well formed?

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 05 Mar 2001 11:53:46 +0000
To: Liam Quin <liam@holoweb.net>
Cc: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5bwva4whx1.fsf@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Liam Quin <liam@holoweb.net> writes:

> How does the use of paramter entities in the DTD for a schema
> relate to 4.4.8 of XML1.0,
>     When a parmeter-entity reference is recognized in teh DTD and included,
>     its replacment text si enlarged by the attacment of one leading
>     and one following space
> ?
> In other words, the following is illegal in XML 1.0 as I understand it:
> <!ENTITY prefix 'x:'>
> <!ELEMENT %prefix;nwf (Not,well,formed)>
> But this is precisely what that DTD in XSchema 1 advocates.

Oh no it's not :-)

It very carefully uses one level of indirection, e.g.

<!ENTITY % p 'xs:'>
<!ENTITY % unique "%p;unique">
<!ELEMENT %unique; (unique, never, is, quite, unusable, element)>

4.4.8 [1] which you quote above does not apply within entity
definitions, where 4.4.5 [2] applies:

  "When an entity reference appears in an attribute value, or a
  parameter entity reference appears in a literal entity value, its
  replacement text is processed in place of the reference itself as
  though it were part of the document at the location the reference
  was recognized, . . ."


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml.html#as-PE
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml.html#inliteral
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