DTD invented by Microsoft?!

akirkpatrick at ims-global.com akirkpatrick at ims-global.com
Tue Jun 24 15:05:56 BST 1997

The following extract is from the MS white paper on XML. Are they   
what we all understand as the DTD here or is it something else? If the   
what are Microsoft doing taking credit for it, I wonder...

> 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. Expressing > schemata   
within XML adds great power to the XML format because it makes it   
possible for software
> examining certain data to understand its structure without earlier   
knowledge about the data or its
> meaning.

The section on white-space also seems oversimplified at best.

BTW: I don't have anything against Microsoft, even if their developments
do seem to be all over the place at the moment.


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