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Re: And the DTD says, "I'm NOT dead yet!!"

"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> writes:

> The official is Dan Connoly and the article is
> http://xhtml.waptechinfo.com/extxhtml/
> "The following quote shows the heart of the matter:-
> 'My experience leads me to believe that parts of XML are solid architectural
> inrfastructure for the long term: tags and attributes, and namespaces. But
> other parts of it are there to manage the transition from the existing
> software base: DTDs, entities, processing instructions, and I don't
> recommend investing them unless you are constrained by existing software
> somehow.' - Dan Connolly,
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2000Aug/0052.html.

Dan is welcome to his opinion, but when stated in that way, that's all 
it is:  his opinion.  It's _not_ W3C policy to deprecate DTDs:  indeed 
the XML Schema WG decided to provide a DTD for XML Schema precisely
because they recognised their continuing utility.  My crystal ball is
cloudier than Dan's:  I hope a lot of people use XML Schema for a lot
of things real soon, but I don't foresee or even advocate the
disappearance of DTDs any time soon.

ht (not speaking officially, either :-)
  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2001, part-time member of W3C Team
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