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Argh...Entities

  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@p...>
  • To: www-xml-schema-comments@w..., xml-dev <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 15:15:49 -0500

Argh...Entities
I am disappointed that the schema working group decided to extend SGML and
XML's conflation of resource provision (entities) and document structure
constraints. I would be glad to work on an XML instance-syntax resource
provision specification if it would help you to split it off. I am already
experimenting in that direction.

I am not the first to point out that allowing parsed entities to be
specified in a schema is violently incompatible with XML 1.0's notion of
well-formedness. Even were that not the case it seems clear to me that
validating a document and *completing it* are two different steps.
Preumably the document's structure should be complete before validation
begins. Surely now is the right time to correct this 13 year old mistake!

-- 
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
 http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco

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software in the age of the PC was reversed by a surprising combination
of forces: the social transformation initiated by the network, a
long-discarded European theory of political economy, and a small band
of programmers throughout the world mobilized by a single simple idea. 
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