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From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 14:13:38 -0500
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/ Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> was heard to say:
| Elliote's examples reproduced below tend to reinforce my opinion that
| entities are in general on the wrong side of the cost-benefit curve.
| Yes, these are nice-to-haves.  No, I don't think removing entities
| from XML would get in the way enough to be a real roadblock. -Tim

I would wager that almost every significant document that I've ever
written has included at least a few entities. By my crude grep|wc -l
estimate, there are more than 2800 entity declarations (transitively)
in the internal subset of book.xml for "DocBook: The Definitive

There are ten or fifteen in the sources for most W3C specs that I've

It might be useful to have a standard for "Prescriptive Standalone
XML" that people could point at in those applications where such a
prescription is necessary, but removing entities from XML in general
is just not something I'm willing to consider.

I'm not willing to consider removing DTDs either, in case you're

                                        Be seeing you,

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                        | In short, the neurotic has problems, the
                        | psychotic has solutions.--Thomas Szasz
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