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

Henry S. Thompson ht at cogsci.ed.ac.uk
Mon Oct 6 10:45:46 BST 1997

Peter writes:
>  [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
>  with).
>  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.

Speaking only for myself, I strongly endorse this view, am committed
to it myself, and believe it is the best recipe for sanity available
during what I see as the experimental phase of schema development we
are now embarking on.


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