DTD invented by Microsoft?!

len bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Thu Jun 26 02:06:11 BST 1997

Henry S. Thompson wrote:
> 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
> providing.
> >
> >  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 --

Why do we need two ways to do the same thing?  Rick Jeliffe 
provided the example in the SGML DTD syntax we know now.  
If simplicity is the goal, why introduce this now?


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