DTD invented by Microsoft?!

Henry S. Thompson ht at cogsci.ed.ac.uk
Wed Jun 25 10:17:11 BST 1997

Len writes:

>  This appears to be the long awaited and somewhat dreaded 
>  attempt to use instance syntax for type definitions.  It 
>  is an idea that has been floated several times on the 
>  XML WG list and generally resisted.

It was resisted, correctly in my view, as a component of XML-lang
itself, and in the decision the point was made several times that the
right place for this was one level up, as a generic application.
That's what the schema proposal in the XML-data document is aimed at

>  It is a bad idea and may be the reason SGML community 
>  members finally withdraw from XML development.

I'd be interested to hear your reasons for thinking it's a bad idea --
not surprisingly I think it's a good idea -- it puts flexibility in
the place it ought to be, and provides clean mechanisms for dealing
with precisely the tasks which PEs are messily used for now.  Why
disagreement about this point should implicate the relation between
XML and SGML is unclear to me.


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