Name for XML DTDs

Marcus Carr mrc at
Mon May 25 09:19:47 BST 1998

Lisa Rein wrote:

> Marcus Carr wrote:
> > Nothing, as long as you're using it to refer to the current syntax of a DTD. If
> > it was used for the XML version, it would cause confusion differentiating between
> > an SGML DTD and an XML DTD, for instance.
> Huh?
> When XML Schemas are written in XML, they will be XML Schemas, yes?
> Am I confused?

Yes, and it may be contagious. :-)

> Or is this a confused issue?

Potentially, that's what's sparking discussion. To clarify (for me at least) there are
now SGML DTDs and XML DTDs. For those of us still using SGML, the differentiation is
significant as we may have requirements for the superset of declarations or attribute
declared values. There will soon be some form of XML schema - the beast we're trying to
name. I agree with those who said we should steer away from any names that involve


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