Layers, again (was Re: fixing (just) namespaces and validation)

David Megginson david at
Wed Sep 8 22:06:45 BST 1999

Simon St.Laurent writes:

 > In other words, we're stuck, should wait for schemas, and should
 > discontinue use of DTDs in systems where namespaces may be
 > important?  (And I mean namespaces, not namespace prefixes.)

No -- it shouldn't matter whether Namespaces are important or not.
You should discontinue using DTDs where you don't care about the
specific prefixes used, since you're not buying yourself anything by
using them when you don't care about the XML 1.0 layer.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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