Extra Complexity?

Frank Boumphrey bckman at ix.netcom.com
Sun Feb 7 02:03:07 GMT 1999

>Many applications I've seen, and a few that I have created, don't validate
>the XML against a DTD.
>Is the DTD an extra step, inherited from SGML, that doesn't really fit XML?

The real value of a DTD is as a check on the author, to make sure that the
document has a consistent structure. If I am searching through a document
using the DOM it is always nice to know that


will access the content of the same kind of element.

If I am building a document by machine I will not always use a DTD, but if a
fallible human has access to the document it should always be validated
after any 'hand-rolled' change is made.

That way I know that my document has a consistent structure.

In summary when I am authoring a document I will always check its validity,
but when displaying a document I will not check it for validity, only for
well formedness.


Frank Boumphrey

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