External Entities A Field Guide (was RE: Feeler for SML (Simple Markup L
> but I would like to have a summary of WHEN and WHEN NOT to use > external entities. > > I sum up some points I have understood so far : > > * DO NOT use external entities when working with remote XML document > since it would badly increase downloading time. > > * DO use them only when you can rely on the parser's behaviour, i.e. > you know exactly how the parser will behave with these entities. > > Any comments on this ? Heres some others, gleaned from the discussions: "The *ONLY TIME* external parsed entities are the right thing to do is when exactly one actor is working on exactly one doucment and needs to partition it into separate files for *their own* convenience. *AT ALL OTHER TIMES* external parsed entities are not the right thing to use." http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/xml-dev-Nov-1999/0238.html Use them to separate the logical and physical document structure http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/xml-dev-Nov-1999/0203.html (first paragraph) Never rely on data being stored in a specific entity (above link, last paragraph, see also http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/xml-dev-Nov-1999/0204.html) I'm sure there are other wise words to be added as well! Cheers, L. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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