XSchema: root element

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Wed Jul 1 18:04:08 BST 1998

Ron Bourret scripsit:

> For example, suppose I have a generic XML editor.  I pick an XSchema from a list 
> of XSchemas and want to start writing.  But where do I start?  If the XSchema is 
> just a set of elements, I can pick my own root.  But if the XSchema creator had 
> a starting place in mind, like the <HTML> element in HTML, I need to start in 
> the correct place or I won't create a valid file.

What does "valid" mean here?  If it has its technical XML sense, thenn no,
the document instance will be valid staring from any root as long as
you mention that element in the DOCTYPE declaration.

If you mean that some later-stage application will barf unless it sees a
specific root, then you may be right.

I would rather see an optional attribute in the ElementDecl element
marking that it makes (semantic) sense for this element to be a root.

John Cowan					cowan at ccil.org
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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