A call for open source DTDs

Toby Speight tms at ansa.co.uk
Thu Oct 15 17:46:37 BST 1998

Elliotte> Elliotte Rusty Harold <URL:mailto:elharo at sunsite.unc.edu>

0> In article <v0310280ab24bbe45deec@[]>, Elliotte
0> wrote:

Elliotte> Is open source a solution? Maybe, especially if the DTD is
Elliotte> external to the document. However, standard open source
Elliotte> licenses like the GPL are problematic because they would
Elliotte> seem to imply that if the DTD is included with the document
Elliotte> itself, then the entire document must be open source.

IINM, this is (almost exactly) the situation that the LGPL is designed
for - your proprietary document may be linked to the open DTD and
distributed as long as the user retains the ability to link with a
different DTD.  <URL:news:gnu.misc.discuss> is probably a good place
to verify whether this is a correct interpretation for documents.


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