Newbie Question

Nigel Byrnes byrnes at
Mon Sep 7 19:40:24 BST 1998



I'm just getting started in the XML world and I'm working
through Simon St. Laurent's book "XML: A Primer". The start of
chapter 5 looks at the parsing of a simple xml document. So I
type it into a text editor and parse it with MSXML only to
receive the following error message:

C:\msxml>jview msxml -d1 me\simple.xml
Root element name must match the DOCTYPE name
Location: file:/C:/msxml/me/simple.xml(10,2)
Context: <null>

(Attached as an appendix to this mail is the listing of
simple.xml.) From what i can gather, the error occurs at the
second character in the <DOCUMENT> element. The error message is
telling me that the root element name must match the DOCTYPE
name ["simple"]. However, i haven't being able to solve this

I haven't got many more hairs to pull out, so can someone point
in the the right direction. Many thanks,


-=-=-=-=- Listing of simple.xml -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE simple [
  secLevel (unclassified|classified)
<!ENTITY Description "this is a very simple sample document.">
<DOCUMENT trackNum="1234">This is an entity inside an element:


Nigel Byrnes,                     Software Engineering
Applications Group
Philips Research Laboratories,
Redhill.                          Tel: +44 (0)1293 815578
Surrey,                           Fax: +44 (0)1293 815024
RH1 5HA. UK                       Email:
byrnes at

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