Re: external parsed entites (was: A unique ID question ?)
> ... external parsed entities are evil ... Bringing morality into it seems ... irrelevant, extremist. So far the reasons I've heard offered against using such entities (general entities, not parameter entities): - Some tools don't handle big documents, and such entities let you construct big documents. - Some developers misinterpret the storage issue (external entity) as a semantic issue (reusable). - Gotta watch out for ID usage, since validity then requires cross-file consistency. Or in short, the tool can be misused, so ban the tool. I'm not convinced, nor am I likely to be. Applied with consistency, that makes banging rocks together to make fire become evil. For anyone collecting real issues to pay attention to when using external parsed entities, you should add using relative URIs in those entities. Not all tools expose base URIs in a way that lets you resolve the relative URIs correctly. SAX does (given a Locator). - Dave 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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