Appending a Doctype node using Microsoft's XML COM interfaces

Britt, James james.britt at
Tue Dec 21 21:06:33 GMT 1999

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Robin Dahlstedt [mailto:Robin_Dahlstedt at]
>Im building an XML document in C++ using the COM interfaces provided by
>Microsoft. Does anybody know of a way to append the DOCTYPE 
>declaration to
>the xml file? Ive tried to get around the problem by creating 
>an element
>with the tagname "!DOCTYPE", but apparently, the boys and girls down at
>Microsoft already thought of that (ie: it didn't work). From 
>the looks of
>things, I believe that Microsoft purposefully left this 

And well they should, since the doctype attribute is read-only.


where it purposefully states:
"The DOM Level 1 does not support editing the Document Type Declaration, 
therefore docType cannot be altered in any way."


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