FW: [XSLT 2.0] request, unparsed-entity-references

Response forwarded to the list for archiving purposes.
Michael Kay


From: Christopher G D Tipper [mailto:chris.tipper@tiscali.co.uk] 
Sent: 23 June 2004 16:43
To: Michael Kay
Subject: Re: [XSLT 2.0] request, unparsed-entity-references

Dear Michael,

I am flattered that this has received due consideration. I understand your
reluctance to add a new instruction to the language. I feel that if tool
vendors merely had a command-line switch to turn off entity resolution this
would be just as effective. At the moment I am forced to keep two sets of
entity declarations with lots of entries along the following lines.

<!ENTITY euro "&amp;euro;">

This is frustrating, but if the standards committee are not able to address
this issue, that is their prerogrative.

Thanks for getting back in touch,
Best wishes,
Christopher Tipper

On 23 Jun 2004 at 14:03, Michael Kay wrote:

> Our ref: qt-2004Feb0691-01
> Christopher,
> Thank you for your comment on the XSLT 2.0 specification. The XSL Working
> Group examined it yesterday. 
> First, we note that the title of the comment is actually incorrect: the
> comment concerns parsed entities and numeric character references, not
> unparsed entities.
> We do recognize that there are some practical difficulties in handling
> entities and character references in XSLT, because of the basic design
> decision that these are not represented as objects in the data model, but
> are accessible only in their expanded form.
> The new facility of character-maps in XSLT 2.0 mitigates some of these
> difficulties.
> There's a range of techniques that XSLT users adopt to work around these
> problems, and we feel that if you describe your specific problems in a
> request to the xsl-list at mulberrytech.com, you are very likely to get
> responses from existing users who have found satisfactory solutions.
> We don't feel that any further changes to the language specification are
> needed.
> I would be grateful if you could confirm that this is a satisfactory
> response.
> Regards,
> Michael Kay
> for the XSL Working Group

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