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- From: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 00:12:01 -0000
Chris von See wrote:
> Without a DTD or schema on which to "hang your hat", so to
> speak, you're
> vesting the application with the knowledge of what the various
> namespace-qualified constructs mean. This strikes me as a
> Very Bad Thing,
> because it leaves individual applications to interpret (potentially,
> interpret very differently) what a particular attribute or
> element means.
> Generating a specific meaning and rules for usage for a
> particular DTD or
> schema isn't "automagic", but at least it forces people to
> think about what
> they're doing and lends some semblance of order.
All a DTD can do is say something about the structure of a document. If
someone wants to write an application that uses your CD collection data
as a basis for their long-term investment plans on, you - and your DTD -
can't stop them, other than by keeping the data to yourself.
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