Roots of the DTD

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Fri Jun 5 15:12:55 BST 1998

>I don't like telling people they can use DOCTYPE or XSchema PIs but not both. 
>also don't like having to write a long list of conflict resolutions -- it 
>makes XSchemas harder to use.  In both cases, it feels like we are imposing 
>requirements not in the XML spec.  Ideas?

Perhaps the simplest way to deal with this is to leave roots _out_ of the 
XSchema PI. I always thought it was kind of silly to declare it in DOCTYPE - 
after all, the root element should be the first and last thing you see in a 
document, and an application should be able to figure it out.  It seems to me 
like redundancy, though there may be reasons for it which I haven't fathomed.

The other reason for ignoring roots is that we _can't_ change DOCTYPE, so I 
think we'd better just stay out of its way.

Simon St.Laurent
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