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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Newbie question: defining ENTITY values in a separate configurati on file
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2005 18:34:14 GMT
Paterline, David L. wrote:
> Hello all -
> I'm a new user of Forrest and the associated technologies, so I hope I can
> find some help with a basic question or two.
> Basically, I'm looking for a way to centralize definitions of text variables
> to be used throughout the various XML files in my project.
> I'm using entity references to refer to contents of pre-defined entities
> within my XML files. Within each file, I define the entity and then
> reference it:
> 	<!DOCTYPE document PUBLIC "-//APACHE//DTD Documentation V1.2//EN"
> "" [
> 	<!ENTITY frtzum '../xdocs/md/fretz/fretz_um.pdf'>
> 	]>
> 	...
> 	<td><link href="&frtzum;">User Manual</link></td>
> 	...
> This works fine, within each XML file. For a couple of reasons, I'd like to
> collect all these entity definitions into a single configuration file
> (mainly to minimize maintenance issues, such as using a single definition in
> multiple XML files).

You might want to read the docs on linking for some interesting tricks.

See in 
particular see the "site:" psuedo-protocol for internal linking and the 
"ext:" pseudo-protocol for external linking.


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