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   XML Schemas (was: Re: Proposal for src files)

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  • From: David Megginson <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 14:03:51 -0500

W. Eliot Kimber writes:

 > As long as we have DTD syntax I can ignore or use any schema
 > efforts as I please, because my ability to use normal DTDs is
 > assured.  The cost of writing schema-to-DTD-syntax transforms will
 > always be lower than the cost of participating in wide-scope schema
 > definition efforts.
 > But maybe I'm just a crank.

Of course Eliot's a crank, but I agree with him entirely.  In fact,
I'd like to mention an even greater -- the cost of fiddling with the
XML spec when there is now such an enormous amount of work going on
based on the XML 1.0 recommendation.

Like Eliot, I believe that DTDs should remain the basic interchange
format for XML document schemas.  If someone wants to give me a schema
in XML-Data, or in MMLML (Megginson's Meta-Language Markup Language),
or whatever, I have no objection, as long as I get the standard DTD as

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117@freenet.carleton.ca
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@microstar.com

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