XML-Data: advantages over DTD syntax? (and some wishes)
liamquin at interlog.com
Fri Oct 3 23:38:30 BST 1997
On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, Martin Bryan wrote:
> At 19:02 01/10/97 +0200, Jarle Stabell wrote:
>> I think the DTDs-as-instances also benefits new users, why should they have
>> to learn two syntaxes instead of one?
> Because DTD have special rules associated with them, such as those relating
> to case sensitivity, keywords, names, etc. One advantage of having a
> different syntax is that it is easier to remember that these rules apply
> when you are using that syntaz, but do not apply when entering XML coded data.
This doesn't follow at all. First, instances are just as case sensitive as
DTDs. Second, there are keywords and everywhere...
In fact, the distinction is entirely bogus.
The question should be, which syntax is more effective.
I don't see either as ideal.
Charles said that different sorts of information should have different
syntaxes, but in the document a chapter title has the same syntax as an
author's name, a date, an image... and these things may all have different
If neither syntax is ideal, having only one of them is a definite advantage.
Liam Quin -- the barefoot typographer -- Toronto
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