Re: [xml2rfc] rfc2629-xhtml.ent warning

Julian Reschke <> Tue, 16 May 2023 13:37 UTC

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Subject: Re: [xml2rfc] rfc2629-xhtml.ent warning
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On 16.05.2023 15:19, Jay Daley wrote:
>> On 16 May 2023, at 14:12, Robert Moskowitz <> wrote:
>> It has been a few weeks since my last run of xml2rfc, and that was on what I had installed on my old Fedora 35 notebook, now on my updated Fedora 38 system...
>> So this morning I got (4 times):
>> Warning: /home/rgm/data/htt/Projects/Critical/drafts/rfc2629-xhtml.ent is no longer needed as the special processing of non-ASCII characters has been superseded by direct support for non-ASCII characters in RFCXML.
>> The only use of rfc2629 in my xml is:
>> <!DOCTYPE rfc SYSTEM "rfc2629-xhtml.ent">
>> <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="rfc2629.xslt" ?>
>> So obviously there has been a change that I did not catch.  No comments from the rfc editor on working with my drafts a couple months back for rfcs 9373 & 9374 that had these lines.
>> So what is the current for !DOCTYPE and xml-stylesheet?
> A DOCTYPE is not recommended because the grammar is specified in Compact RelaxNG not any other schema format.   The recommended method to associate the schema with the XML is
> 	<?xml-model href="rfc7991bis.rnc"?>
> Note, this will require you to have rfc7991bis.rnc in your build path.
> This is fully explained in the authors documentation here:
> That same page also links to the "official" templates that can be used as starting points.
> Finally, the authors documentation also lists various XML editors and how the interact with the schema
> Jay


I don't think this is helpful.

Robert's DOCTYPE declaration is used to define named character entities.
RelaxNG doesn't help with these at all.

The warning message from xml2rfc is completely misleading, as it
conflates entity declarations with validation.

Best regards, Julian