Re: [xsl] Entity references

Subject: Re: [xsl] Entity references
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:28:36 +0000
Is this anything to do with XSLT?

I'm afraid that without remembering what went before in the thread, it's a bit hard to pick up the context.

Michael Kay

On 08/01/2013 12:16, Michel Hendriksen wrote:
Hi all,

Did some tests to no avail. To restate, I want to read an XML document
for which I have no DTD. I don't want to validate against the DTD, but
I do want to report errors on non-standard built in entity references
(like &eacute;).


If I have no DTD in the XML all is ok, references are reported
if I have a DTD in the XML and validate, its all ok. (when DTD available)
if i have DTD and don't validate/load external DTD, there are no
reports on entity references.

I can add an EntityResolver, but that can only redirect to an exisitng
DTD. When redirecting to an empty DTD I get messages on undefined
elements (it 'finds' a DTD but elements in the XML are not defined in

I tried adding a LexicalHandler and not validate (otherwise, see
above), but start-/endEntity is not called in that case.

So one option would be to have an 'open' DTD definition with something like


Which seems also not possible as all elements must be defined in the DTD.

Anything I overlooked or other ideas?
Otherwise giving up on this...

Michel Hendriksen

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM, Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 4 January 2013 14:57, Michel Hendriksen <michel.hendriksen@xxxxx> wrote:
Ok makes sense.

What you are actually saying is that there is no way you can force
this to be an error, unless having a processor that would be willing
to do so?
You could supply your own EntityResolver and catch it there, or a
LexicalHandler, or have a look at 'Lexev' ( and handle it in xslt.

-- Andrew Welch

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