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   Re: Using notations to identify content formats

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  • From: "Peter Saint-Andre" <pstandre@lds.com>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 16:56:38 -0400

John Cowan wrote:

> IMHO, natural-language (English, French, or whatever) descriptions
> are generally preferred to formal ones, as they are intelligible
> to more people and generally "live" longer.

What you say makes sense to help authors understand the notation format, but I want the
~application~ to "understand" the format so that it can validate the data at some level (e.g.,
a social security number has to be nine digits in length). Right now my DTD is validating
certain data through enumerated attributes (e.g., when there is a limited number of valid
values), but it's not validating data for which validation relates to format. Perhaps I'm
asking for too much....


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