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Re: What to do given both SYSTEM and PUBLIC?

From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Date: 19 Feb 1997 21:24:46 +0000 (GMT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Message-id: <199702192124.VAA17262@curia.ucc.ie>
Joe English wrote
> (If the software does not know how to automatically resolve
> PUBLIC ID's -- which I suspect most software will not, since
> _nobody_ is sure how to do this yet -- . . .
> Such systems will naturally have to be very good
> at automatically resolving PUBLIC IDs, which will be
> tricky, since nobody knows how to do this at all yet.

This puzzles me a bit. Emacs psgml-mode resolves FPIs faultlessly and I've
been using that method increasingly over the last year. For software that
doesn't support it, but uses socats, I have entries for the FPIs.

Can someone who knows more about the background say why resolving

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is A Bad Thing, as it seems most people decry it (leave aside the Win3.x
and VM/SP users who don't have access to long filenames, as those systems
clearly have a problem, and leave aside the problem of write access to
/usr/local/lib/sgml, as that part of the filetree is parameterizable).

> to discover 1000s of internal "homepages" that grew overnight
> like magic mushrooms on a rich motherlode of corporate horseshit.
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