Namespaces and DTDs

Richard L. Goerwitz richard at
Thu Mar 11 15:41:18 GMT 1999

James Anderson wrote (with regard to declaring namespaces in the DTD):

> one will, in any case, need to establish scoping rules for the bindings

That's a very insightful comment, and right on target about DTDs.

But back to an earlier point a poster made about SGML-conformance (DTDs,
etc.) being the thing that is killing XML:  If it weren't for the promise
of backwards compatibility with SGML/HTML, XML could not have gathered 
the initial following that it did.

(Don't get me wrong; our shop is still largely an SGML shop.  I'll be
very sad if XML loses these connections.  But I think that's where we
are headed.  Many people who are entering the XML community have never
heard of SGML, and resent being encumbered it.)


Richard Goerwitz
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