Re: DTD invented by Microsoft?!
At 02:06 PM 6/24/97 +0000, akirkpatrick@i... wrote: >> Microsoft has proposed a "Document Type Definition" (DTD) syntax for >expressing the schema for an > XML document directly within XML itself, >allowing XML data to describe its own structure. In Microsoft's defense, they have correctly used the term "document type definition", which is what the acronym "DTD" expands to, to mean the overall definition of a document type. As SGML only defines part of the total mechanism one needs to define a document type (the declarations allowed within a DOCTYPE declarations, what we are now calling "DTD declarations"), you are free to define additional formalisms for defining schemas however you want. Many people have defined "DTDs for DTDs" (including myself)--the only thing you can't do is claim to be *replacing* the declarations defined by 8879. Of course, since XML (and the WebSGML TC) allow the DOCTYPE declaration (or its contained declarations) to be omitted, there's nothing preventing the use of some alternate syntax for schema representation as an *application convention*. The XML ERB is on record as stating that while it might be useful to have a "better" syntax for DTD declarations, the definition of such is out of scope for XML, and in any case is a tar pit second only to name spaces (and thus best left to the SGML revision). Cheers, E. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To unsubscribe, send to majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (rzepa@i...)
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