To validate or not to validate, that is the question

james anderson James.Anderson at
Mon Aug 17 14:22:20 BST 1998

Martin Bryan wrote:
> Let me see if I can suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and
> pose you all a question: "Why do compound documents need to be validated as
> a whole?"

my minimum concern is to be able to default attributes.

> ...
> If I create my document fragments using the relevant DTDs, I validate them
> against those DTDs, not against a compound DTD. Once they have been
> validated against the DTD I can import them into a compound document as
> already validated fragments.

i am working with document entities in which "references" are made to elements
from various sources. if they use enabling architectures, then the mixed
references are within a single tag.

> ...
> Why does this group seem to feel there is an overpowering need to develop a
> DTD that can be used to validate the compound structure, rather than its
> individual fragments?

it's actually the defaults i'm after.

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