Re: ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer
Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@m...> writes: > At 7:07 PM +1100 10/27/02, Rick Jelliffe wrote: > > > >I've never quite cottened on to why XIncludes are useful. Is it because > >the longevity of ID/IDREF means that "document scope" has not gone > >away, yet because entities are not first-class constructs in XML the current > >generation of tools promotes an all-element solution (and bugger the > >structure)? > > > > They have one crucial feature external entities don't for me: both the > whole and the part documents can be fully valid documents. Sometimes I > want to publish my whole book. Sometimes I just want to publish a > chapter. Since I'm writing in DocBook with lots of entities, > publishing the chapter requires it to have a DTD and thus a document > type declaration, which prevents it from being an external parsed > entity. XInclude must be simpler than a document that references both a DTD and an entity? <!DOCTYPE chapter SYSTEM "book.dtd" [ <!ENTITY chapter SYSTEM "ch1.ent"> ]> &chapter; (I'm assuming the external entity has one root element) Ari.
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