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Re: And the DTD says, "I'm NOT dead yet!!"
- From: "Sean B. Palmer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 13:25:42 +0000
> The official is Dan Connoly and the article is
Ugh, that's one of mine (nice to know that people are still reading it).
I know, I know, it's not the clearest article I've ever written, and it's
hideously out of date now anyway. What I was trying to say is that XML
Schemas have a much wider function than DTDs: they do different things. The
fact that they both are systems for constraining data models of XML is a
bit confusing to some people (including myself when I wrote the article,
evidently), but the simple truth is that XML Schemas are more expressive
than DTDs. Doesn't mean they will "eradicate" them..... but imagine if the
initial Web had had XML Schemas and namespaces etc. in the first place? I
think that the Web might be a better place for it, with more people
validating their code etc. Don't ask me to back that up with any facts; no
one can change the past, and any speculations about it are just that -
speculation...but that is my opinion (subject to change every 5 minutes).
However, remember how much trouble Dan (Connolly) had in getting people to
validate their code, and make it SGML compliant? I expect that he regrets
doing that now, and is trying to make "amends" by stabilizing things
somewhat and renouncing the SGML past. But that is just speculation once
again on my part... Why don't you ask him?
So I think he is right, but only in the context of his 10 years of Web
experience... here from the very beginning. Like all of us, he has seen the
corruption of the Web through non-validation crappy HTML coding... I wonder
Sean B. Palmer
"Perhaps, but let's not get bogged down in semantics."
- Homer J. Simpson, BABF07.