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Re: A simple guy with a simple problem
- From: Paul T <email@example.com>
- To: Sean McGrath <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 10:26:46 -0800
> Hello, my name is Bob and I'm a programmer.
Hi Bob. Nice to see you on the list.
> I work for a B2B company. My task today is to process
> incoming XML documents that are known to be valid against the foo
> DTD and change all occurences of the word "STUFF" to "stuff".
Too bad your company is using DTDs.
> How should I proceed to do my job?
I think the only way you have is to write a bunch of regular expressions.
Ideally, I think you should wait until DTDs and entities will be removed
from the XML. I think it may take a couple of years.
In the meantime, try using only reasonable subset of XML 1.0
Something like Common XML by SML-DEV may help you.
I understand that if you tell to some of your managers that
DTDs in XML 1.0 are flawed or something - he just tell you that
you should be crazy to argue with SGML experts because
you're just a B2B developer. Nobody.
There is however, some subtile workaround for this. You may
try collecting rare latters where SGML experts *themselvs* are
saying that DTDs are better to be removed from XML 1.0
For smart manager this may click on something and he
may initiate the process of redesigning the entity-dtd-based
workflows into something better ( and your problems will be gone ).
In general, XSLT-based workflows should work better.
I mean that Common XML + XSLT is less trouble than
full-blown XML with DTDs and entities.