Views of Internal Entities

Computer programmers tend to think of internal entities as macros of zero arguments. Publishers tend to think of them as "boilerplate".

One of the nice consequences of the rules for conformance is that every XML processor in the world is required to do internal entity processing, if the entities are declared in the internal subset. Internal entities are incredibly useful in many situations; here are a few examples:

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