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  • From: "Anders W. Tell" <anderst@toolsmiths.se>
  • To: "Samuel R. Blackburn" <sblackbu@erols.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 14:27:09 +0200

"Samuel R. Blackburn" wrote:

> I just attended a briefing about XML. One of the things
> that struck me was, if I understand the presenter, DTD
> thinks the world is flat. Is it possible for DTD to describe
> elements of the same name but have different meaning?
> Consider the following:
> <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?
> TIA,

There are at least two ways of solving this type of problems
which arise when trying to "encode" C/C++/Corba/RPC
data structures in XML.


struct NAME {
    char     FIRST[10];
    char     LAST[10];
struct ROUTE {
    char     FIRST[10];
    char     LAST[10];

** 1 **

Now the NAME's and LAST's have different definitions and may
be handle differently the applications.Still the DTD does don recognise
the datatype difference.

** 2 **
   <string name="NAME">Sam</string>
   <string name="LAST">Blackburn</string>
    <number name="FIRST" value="99.409" />
    <number name="LAST" value="2091.7785" />

Here you have both names and datatypes available in a simple manor,
with no name clashing and and DTD that handles datatypes.
This is what I personally use for primitive datatype which cannot be

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/  Anders W. Tell           /

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