True XML compliance (Re: Sean McGrath's posts to XML-L)

Frank Boumphrey bckman at
Fri Apr 3 16:41:08 BST 1998

Mike, I would love to see it. Is it in .exe form?

    Your point about taking multiple documents is interesting. It should not
be too difficult to take these and show where for the same element name
there are conflicting attributes, etc.
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Kay <mike at>
To: Frank Boumphrey <bckman at>
Date: Friday, April 03, 1998 1:24 AM
Subject: Re: True XML compliance (Re: Sean McGrath's posts to XML-L)

>>It should be easy to generate a DTD from a well formed document. Does any
>>one know of any software out there that does this? Or is there even a need
>>for this?
>I have written one, and I find it very handy. Quite prepared to share it.
>Of course there are many possible DTDs to which a given document conforms.
>In practice I have used two techniques: creating a synthetic document that
>exhibits examples of all the structures I want, and generating a DTD form
>this; alternatively
>generating a prototype DTD (literally!) from a single example document and
>modifying it by hand. A nice extension would be to take multiple input
>I am writing direct because the mailbox under which I send to XML-DEV is
>temporarily out of action.
>Regards, Mike Kay

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