SDD again

Paul Prescod papresco at
Fri May 8 21:43:53 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:
> Your first premise is correct, but your second one is not.  The spec
> states that a validating parser must use the whole DTD; it does not
> state that a non-validating parser may not use the DTD.  AElfred, for
> example, reads the DTD well enough that it can even flag ignorable
> whitespace base on an element type's content model, but it is
> non-validating.

You are right. I guess when I think of parsers, I prefer to think of them
as interchangable within a class, so I would be leery about trusting
features that only overachievers like you implement. :)
> That said, I still agree that the standalone declaration is wrong.
> Perhaps some day, if there's an XML 1.1, we can think about fixing it.

Probably better to deprecate it. And as soon as possible!

 Paul Prescod  -

Can we afford to feed that army, 
 while so many children are naked and hungry?
Can we afford to remain passive, 
 while that soldier-army is growing so massive?
  - "Gabby" Barbadian Calpysonian in "Boots"

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