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  • From: MarkH@i2.co.uk
  • To: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 10:40:39 +0000

> From:	ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk [SMTP:ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk]
> Sent:	Wednesday, November 29, 2000 10:12 AM
> Subject:	Re: DTD or XML Schema editor recommendations (Win32)
> Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org> writes:
> > XED? I don't think it does the syntax highlighting, but it does the
> > Its DTD based not schema based though.
> Thanks for the plug (XED can be found at [1]), but to clarify, XED is
> not a DTD-authoring tool.  It _is_ a DTD-sensitive XML authoring tool,
> with built-in validation interface and error-highlighting, which makes
> it a very good _XML Schema_ authoring tool, since there is a DTD for
> XML Schemas [2].
> [1] http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~ht/xed.html
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2000/10/{XMLSchema,datatypes}.dtd

Thanks Henry - am trying it out and spotted this - how sharp am I? :-)

It looks a great tool and am tempted to go straight to XML Schema's rather
than DTD with subsequent conversion to XML Schema, but am not sure if this
is wise just now.

I have two concerns - support for XML Schema and speed of adoption - our
customers may prefer to receive a DTD because they are familiar with it and
already have tools to help them deal with it.

Opinions on things to consider when choosing between providing a DTD or an
XML Schema would be useful - any out there!?

Also, how conformant is Microsoft's MSXML to the October CR for XML Schemas?



ps when I do File/New in XED and it asks for a DTD should I be able to give
it "c:\XMLSchema.dtd" (saved from http://www.w3.org/2000/10/XMLSchema.dtd)?
It tells me "failed to open and process file:///c:\XMLSchema.dtd proceeding
without one". (XED v0.5.3.2)

ps any plans for syntax coloring or windows keybindings? also choice of font
would be nice.

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