Describing tables in XML

Michael Kay M.H.Kay at
Tue Dec 8 11:16:21 GMT 1998

> I am a XML newbie and trying to write my first DTD.
> One thing I want to delcare in my DTD is a table.

"Table" can mean two things.

It can mean data, as in a relational table, in which case you should use
tags that reflect the objects and properties you are describing, e.g.

Or it can mean a two-dimensional structure of rows and columns with
undefined semantics, in which case you might as well use the HTML tags,
leaving out any rendition attributes if you want to abstract away from the
final appearance.

Mike Kay

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