Proposal Announcement - XML DTDs to XML docs

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Fri May 22 17:56:42 BST 1998

>YES!  The discussion was losing direction and momentum.

As a significant participant, I have to agree with you there, and I'm glad to 
see a spark is returning.

>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.  

That's actually what I had in mind when I first started writing this proposal, 
which explains to some extent why I didn't go into detail explaining behavior. 
 I've heard of a few SGML tools that do this - Marcus Carr noted that OmniMark 
includes something called DTD2DTD.  I think an equivalent tool for making such 
transformations in XML would be a great start.  Of course, we'd have to figure 
out what that transformation would look like, but that's all part of the fun.

>I hope this idea grows.

Glad to hear it!  I certainly hope it grows, whether or not it has anything to 
do with this particular proposal.

Simon St.Laurent
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