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Re: C.4 Undeclared entities?

From: Bill Smith <bill.smith@Eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 11:13:57 -0800 (PST)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <libSDtMail.9610281113.11017.bsmith@providence>
Charles Goldfarb wrote:

> For interchange, however, I believe an XML document must be valid. It must
> have
> a DTD identified in its DOCTYPE declaration, although a browser might be able
> to
> parse the document without referring to it. This rule would also assure that
> interchanged XML documents were valid SGML documents.

Stipulating that only valid XML documents may be interchanged is heavy handed 
and will limit acceptance. This requirement could preclude a variety of 
applications since it would effectively prevent the interchange of 
works-in-progress. Rather than exchanging documents in their "current state", 
some intermediate, "valid state" would have to be artifically created. We could 
specifiy mechanisms for going from invalid to valid and back again, or we could 
just let documents be exchanged.

This level of formalism isn't needed.
Received on Monday, 28 October 1996 14:14:09 UTC

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