XML-Data: advantages over DTD syntax? (and some wishes)

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Sat Oct 4 10:02:25 BST 1997

> From: Paul Prescod <papresco at technologist.com>
> The relevant question is *which syntax is better*? I think that from a
> reader's and writer's point of view, the current DTD syntax is better.
> It is more readable and compact. From a *programmers* point of view, the
> new syntax is better because it allows you to reduce the number of
> parsers in your system.
But the proposed syntax in XML-data has a different and extended
functionality compared to XML's declaration syntax.  So rather than having
two (notional) simple parsers, you have a single parser that is more

Btw, in XML-data can the element type-declarations be subtyped just
like other element types, or are they treated as special?
Rick Jelliffe

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