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   Re: DTD Question

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  • From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
  • To: "Samuel R. Blackburn" <sblackbu@erols.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 10:31:58 -0700

Samuel R. Blackburn wrote:
> <NAME>
>   <FIRST>Sam</FIRST>
>   <LAST>Blackburn</LAST>
> </NAME>
>    <FIRST>99.409</FIRST>
>    <LAST>2091.7785</LAST>
> </ROUTE>
> Is it possible in DTD to say that NAME.FIRST is a string
> and ROUTE.FIRST is a number?

The DTD doesn't represent data typing; that's the job of
some component that interprets information encoded in XML.
Your overloading of a "flat" namespace makes that hard.

You could have chosen other validatable ways to do this:


Or with namespaces (the "xmlns:" decarations go best in
the DTD, IMHO):

  <NAME xmlns:NAME=".../name-rules">
	... </NAME>
  <ROUTE xmlns:ROUTE=".../route-rules">

Or even just have the rules that applications must follow
implicitly, based on context (and probably making validation
hard/impossible over time).  I'd use an explicit approach,
since context is so easily lost.

- Dave

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