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   Re: Parser compliance

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  • From: Sean Mc Grath <digitome@iol.ie>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 09:37:04 +0000

>[Tim Bray:]
>> I have often wondered where this myth arose that validating against
>> a DTD will tell you, in useful real-world terms, "what's wrong with
>> your XML".
[Steve Newcomb]
>I have often wondered where this myth arose that DTDs are somewhere
>between evil and useless.

Probably from the World Wide Web which changed the world in spite
of rather than because of, the existence of a DTD for HTML.

I sometimes hear SGML people claiming that SGML is a runaway
success because the Web is an SGML application. Insofar as
the Web is an SGML an application it ain't go no DTD in
any meaninful SGML sense.


<Sean uri="http://www.digitome.com/sean.html">
Developers Day co-Chair WWW9, April 2000, Amsterdam

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