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

Peter Newcomb peter at techno.com
Sat Oct 4 16:10:49 BST 1997

[Sean Mc Grath <digitome at iol.ie> on Sat, 04 Oct 1997 09:22:25 +0100]
> However, if developers implemented DTDs via a transformation to XML-Data.....

> The XML world would then have the freedom to create
> new and better syntaxes for schemata safe in the knowledge that
> todays tools that can process XML will process these new syntactic
> sugars via transformation to base XML - the mother of all syntaxes.

This idea has always been attractive to me; it seems to give everyone
the flexibility they want, without imposing unnecessary restrictions.

However, unless the transformations are extremely well-designed, XML
DTDs generated in this way are not likely to be particularly
human-readable (one of the arguments for keeping XML DTDs to begin

I don't see this as a reason not to use this scheme, I just think that
the transformations should be well thought out and well documented,
and should have the readability of the generated DTDs as a requirement
from the outset.


Peter Newcomb                           TechnoTeacher, Inc.
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