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   Roots of the DTD (was: ANNOUNCE: Virtual Hyperglossary)

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 17:27:36 -0400

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

> This is a natural and (I believe) false assumption.  A DTD need not have a
> hierarchical structure, though most do. The following is acceptable:
> It is then possible to have any of the following:
> <!DOCTYPE A> <A>I am an A</A>
> <!DOCTYPE B> <B>I am an B</B>
> <!DOCTYPE C> <C>I am an C</C>
> It is one of the 5 myths (I think Eliot Kimber said this) that DOCTYPE
> tells you what the document type is. It simply gives the root element and
> the set of ELEMENTs that can be used.

Hmmm.  This sounds like the "root" (my syntax) or "RootElement" (Ron's
syntax) attribute in XSchema is a Bad Thing.  Perhaps it should be

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