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- From: "Frank Boumphrey" <email@example.com>
- To: "Dan Holle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 20:59:20 -0500
>Many applications I've seen, and a few that I have created, don't validate
>the XML against a DTD.
>Is the DTD an extra step, inherited from SGML, that doesn't really fit XML?
The real value of a DTD is as a check on the author, to make sure that the
document has a consistent structure. If I am searching through a document
using the DOM it is always nice to know that
will access the content of the same kind of element.
If I am building a document by machine I will not always use a DTD, but if a
fallible human has access to the document it should always be validated
after any 'hand-rolled' change is made.
That way I know that my document has a consistent structure.
In summary when I am authoring a document I will always check its validity,
but when displaying a document I will not check it for validity, only for
XML and style sheet info at Http://www.hypermedic.com/style/index.htm
Author: - Professional Style Sheets for HTML and XML http://www.wrox.com
CoAuthor: XML applications from Wrox Press, www.wrox.com
Author: Using XML on the Web (March)
----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Holle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 1999 4:56 PM
Subject: DTD: Extra Complexity?
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