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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" scripsit:

> Wouldn't it have been better to provide something 
> analogous to DOCTYPE support where 
> <!DOCTYPE thisIsTheROOTforThisPass
> is explicit rathen than relying on syntactic 
> position which may be accidental?

Not really.  In SGML the DOCTYPE declaration had to say what the root
was, because the start-tag of the root element might not appear in the
instance due to start-tag omission.  In XML there is no start-tag
omission, so it is redundant to specify the root in the DOCTYPE declaration,
as it always must agree with the first and last tags in the instance.

John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>     http://www.reutershealth.com
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen,    http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith.  --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


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