Name for XML DTDs

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Sun May 24 22:02:26 BST 1998

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

>(yes, we need a name :-).

The contenders we have so far are:

Paul Prescod pointed out that:
>I also think that the term "DTD" has too much historical baggage. [snipped]
>Henry Thompson speaks of "Document Structure Descriptions", and a 
>more common word is schema. I prefer something that does NOT 
>use the term "DTD".

I'd still like to keep DTD echoing someplace, if only to identify that we 
started there and that this should (initially) map to DTD structures.  

How about XTD?  It could stand for Extensible Type Definition or XML Type 
Definition.  It would recognize that XML is used for more than documents, 
while leaving Typing as its activity.  (No, it won't write my books for me. If 
only...)  It's also short, which I think is good.

Comments, suggestions, etc., are welcome as always.

Simon St.Laurent
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