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Re: How to get the 1st element in DTDD

Thanks. actually that makes lot of sense... especially your schema
describes an inventory of lot of stuff, even quite unrelated..??

but actually do you have a concrete example when this might actually
happen... that will be good...

thanks and regards - murali.

On Sat, 23 Jun 2001, Marcus Carr wrote:

> Murali Mani wrote:
> > Anyways, though I have always believed that the schema should specify the
> > possible root types, people have always said against this, I have always
> > waited for one good reason for not specifying the root of the document in
> > the schema, but unfortunately, I do not think I have seen any... I will
> > keep waiting for some good reason ...
> There are two very distinct phases to creating an XML dataset - one
> involves the analysis and specification of the eventual model (via the
> schema or DTD) and the other is the creation of the data to populate
> the model. These tasks are often carried out by very different people
> - in many cases, they won't even belong to the same organisation. Why
> would you presume that the analysts so completely understands the
> tools and people who will be creating the data, that they are capable
> of dictating what possible root elements will be adequate for the
> task? Documents are often compilations of XML fragments created in
> isolation - if data creators couldn't specify the root arbitrarily,
> they would have to either be able to modify the schema or create (and
> maintain) compliant subset schemas. Neither of these are appropriate
> in a production environment.
> --
> Regards,
> Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@allette.com.au
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