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From Joerg Heinicke <>
Subject Re: Don't decode (or transform) my entities!
Date Mon, 25 Nov 2002 22:49:39 GMT
Hello Sanne,

you have no influence how the output is serialized, but that's no 
problem in general. &eacute; is only another representation of the 
relating number reference. It should be serialized to &#xe9; or &#233; 
The advantage of a number reference is the independence on any DTD. So 
the number reference is to prefer I think - somebody can correct me 
here. If the encoding supports the character directly (like UTF-8) it's 
also allowed to write é directly (so not using any reference).

What exactly problem do you have with it? For general questions you can 
also read at


Sanne de Roever wrote:
> Hi,
> I've got an xml file with entities like &eacute; (declared in a dtd) and 
> others.
> If I output this file after an xsl identity transformation using the xml 
> serializer cocoon gives me a decoded character like say î,
> or a translation of the character like &#4567;
> But I don't want that, I want it the way it came in: &eacute!
> Does anybody how to accomplish this?
> Sanne

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