Between raw and cooked II: Are? DTDs are just for validation

Jonathan Borden jborden at
Thu Apr 1 20:53:07 BST 1999

aha!! that changes things :-)

I had incorrectly assumed you were making an argument that DTDs *ought* only
be used for validation to prevent the problem we have identified.

Beyond requiring that external entities and default attributes be expanded,
is there a way to allow non- and validating parsers to process the same XML
documents in a functionally similar fashion, that is, the same SAX events be
fired or the same DOM tree be constructed whether or not validation is


>Jonathan Borden writes:
> > David Megginson wrote:
> > >
> > >There *is* a potentially nasty problem lurking here: the DTD may
> > >contain default values for attributes as well as validation
> > >information.
> >
> >     If DTDs *were* only for validation...
>As was probably clear from the rest of my message, the subject line
>was meant to read "DTDs are not just for validation".
>All the best,

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