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That said, there is a set of proposals about the future of ODD which would make solving this
problem somewhat easier. http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=2962880&group_id=106328&atid=644065
is the relevant feature request. A specially-convened small working group discussed this,
and the TEI's technical council debated it last week.

Pending more detailed experimentation with implementation, it is likely that in the near future ODD will
support a mechanism like

   <macroRef key="macro.foo" source="http://www.example.com/stuff.odd"/>

that is to say, "read a specified URI and find therein the ODD definition of macro.foo"

No absolute promises, and you can't have it today, but you can reasonably expect to
think this way in the future.

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Sólo le pido a Dios
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