Reliable endpoints for XML docs (and doclets)

Chris Maden crism at
Thu Mar 5 19:29:17 GMT 1998

[Ken MacLeod on xml-dev]
> In XML you will have an explicit
>   <!doctype TOP system "mine.dtd">
> that will say that this document's top element is <top>...</top>.

No, you won't.  Not necessarily.  An XML document can be completely
well-formed without a DOCTYPE declaration (where, BTW, the DOCTYPE and
SYSTEM keywords would need to be upper-case).  However, as there is an
implied <!DOCTYPE html ...> with HTML files, in XML, you can imply a
DOCTYPE from the root element.  The first start-tag is the start-tag
of the document element; when it ends, the document is over.  Any
markup or data (i.e., non-"misc") after the document element's end-tag
is an error.

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