[jdom-interest] is XLink the way to combine multiple XML docu ments?

philip.nelson at omniresources.com philip.nelson at omniresources.com
Sat Apr 7 06:34:16 PDT 2001

I think you should read what Elliotte Rusty Harold has to say about it at

As a guess, I would say a dtd with entities is the most universally likely
to succeed way of doing this.  As an example, check out the svg spec at the
W3C.  Even that is nasty though and breaks lot's of parsers.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Sinnamon [mailto:sinnamon at usq.edu.au]
> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 4:31 PM
> Cc: jdom-interest at jdom.org
> Subject: [jdom-interest] is XLink the way to combine multiple XML
> documents?
> Firstly, thanks for the excellent JDOM library.  It has 
> probably saved me from quite
> a few
> hours of mental convolutions in trying to understand either 
> SAX or DOM or both.
> Apologies if this question seems naive.  I wish to avoid 
> having to combine a lot of
> XML documents
> into a reallly huge document.
> Is XLink the way to do this, and if so, can it be done in 
> such a way that the broken
> down
> document  would appear to JDOM to be no different than the 
> equivalent single
> combined
> document?
> ... In other words, would the code necessary to read a 
> composite XML document need
> to
> be very different, if at all, from the code necessary to read 
> one single large
> document?.
> (BTW, I presume that using 'entities' declared in DTD files 
> is not the way to do
> this.
> If my understanding of entities is correct, it seems far too 
> cumbersome to have
> declare,
> each entity, intop which one wishes to break down a document, 
> inside the DTD file.)
> James
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