Deterministic behavior in processors

Tim Bray tbray at
Wed Aug 5 22:40:49 BST 1998

At 11:50 AM 8/5/98 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>I think this is a conceptual error on your part.  A validating parser
>checks that the document it is parsing conforms to its DTD.  A
>document without a DOCTYPE declaration genuinely doesn't have a DTD:
>a validating parser then merely checks it for well-formedness.  It is
>never an error not to have a DTD.

However, a validating parser would report the undeclared-ness of
each element type it encountered, in the case that there was no DTD. -Tim

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