Proposal Announcement - XML DTDs to XML docs

Bryan Gilbert Bryan_Gilbert at
Fri May 22 17:25:11 BST 1998

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Simon St.Laurent [SMTP:SimonStL at]
> Ron Bourret wrote:
> ... cut ...
> >While I think something like XML-Data is needed in the long 
> >run for data type description and so on, I agree with Simon that 
> >a less ambitious subset is very useful in the short run.
> This cuts right to the chase, making the clearest argument for a less 
> ambitious proposal that moves XML DTDs to document syntax.  I'm
> considering 
> rewriting the proposal less as a concrete proposal for syntax (which
> just 
> seems to generate endless arguments, and which I'm not an expert at
> anyway) 
> and more as an exploration of the implications of (and possibilities
> for) 
> using XML document syntax for DTDs.
>... cut ..
YES!  The discussion was losing direction and momentum. Both Ron's
and Simon's comments are right on.  People will become more
familiar with XML syntax than DTD syntax and any tools that
work with XML should be capable of working with the document
type definition (which may be the DTD or may be the subset of
XML-Data that deals with the document structure.)  I hope
this idea grows.

What about a style sheet like transformation to/from DTD syntax to
XML?  (Sorry that's a naive question.)  But if such a transformation
could be defined then any XML tool that wished to display
or work with the document type definition could do so 
using XML instead of DTD syntax.  

Bryan Gilbert
email: (mailto:bryan_gilbert at

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