Announcement: SAX 1998-01-12 Draft

Sean Mc Grath digitome at
Tue Jan 13 08:58:00 GMT 1998

>James Clark wrote:
>> I don't think the doctype() method is a good idea.  A external DTD
>> subset is just a convenient shorthand for declaring and referencing an
>> external parameter entity.   It shouldn't be singled out for special
>> treatment.  Knowing the external doctype isn't very useful without
>> knowing anything about the internal subset, since the internal subset
>> can completely change the effect of an external DTD.  I think this
>> method should be dropped. If you want to provide DTD information, do it
>> properly with a separate DtdHandler interface.
[Tyler Baker]
>I was sorta confused by this method as well. 

Isn't there a big issue looming here? How will software agents determine the
of an XML document. I am aware of at least one example of a company planning
to use the <!DOCTYPE declaration to do just that.

I was one of those who voted for this but it is clear from what James is saying
that it is plain wrong and misleading to single it out.

The problem of typing though, remains doesn't it?

Sean Mc Grath

sean at
Digitome Electronic Publishing

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