[whatwg] External document subset support

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Mon May 18 07:10:01 PDT 2009

Using entities in XSL to share code was my mistake once too; it is similar
to using data members not wrapped in properties in data types.  XSL itself
provides a better structured approach for code reuse.

Being able to use localized programming language constructs is at the same
time trivial (replace this with that), expensive (you have to translate the
documentation) and not that useful (you freeze the language and cut the
programmers off from the recent developments in the language).  Languages
tend to use English keywords regardless of the culture of their designer

1.       no matter how deep you go, there is always a place where you have
to switch to English in order to refer to some precedent technology,

2.       the English words/roots used in the language design often have a
slightly different meaning from the English source,

3.       they are sufficiently few to be learned easily; it may be harder to
grasp what they actually mean in the particular context.

(Toy languages for children make an exception, of course; however, even
children tend to mock them nowadays.)

Best regards,


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