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RE: Parsing without resolving entities

  • From: "Michael Kay" <mike@s...>
  • To: "'Randy McGarvey'" <rmcgarvey@g...>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 16:49:15 -0000

RE:  Parsing without resolving entities
Title: Parsing without resolving entities
It's a real pain that doesn't have a common solution. I tend to
(a) avoid using entities. Because I only ever use XML via XSLT, processing-instructions are much more manageable.
(b) if I do use entities, don't rely on them remaining intact - i.e. there should be no difference in information content between an entity and its expansion (so you can always re-entitize mechanistically if you need to).
(c) preprocess, as suggested, to replace the ampersands by something else: for example <?ent mdash?>.
Michael Kay

From: Randy McGarvey [mailto:rmcgarvey@g...]
Sent: 29 October 2007 15:04
To: xml-dev@l...
Subject: Parsing without resolving entities

If I have data with character entities such as &sect; or &mdash; in the XML, what is the best way to keep those intact, as is, after a parse.  Are there any parsers that have an option not to resolve entities?  What is the best way you've found to deal with this issue?  Do you escape the ampersands (e.g. &amp;sect;) in a pre-process?  Do you address it in an entity handler to re-write the original entity text?  This seems like a real pain that must have a common solution.

>> Randy


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