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   Re: [xml-dev] Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services

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> I didn't say anything about whether or not it's an excellent tradeoff for WS
> folks.  I have several times said that I am not interested in that subthread.

I think it's a good thing for (yes, I mean this) the whole world.
Just like ASCII and TCP/IP and MIME, in their day, winning out over
the competition.

> But yes, rejecting XML documents that use DTD is a violation of XML's
> fundamental design.  Or do you claim that DTDs are not a part of XML's
> fundamental design?

Well sure, it's in the 1.0 spec, but no, I don't think it's fundamental.
If the XML declaration had a "doctype" attribute there would be nothing
in XML that required DTD's.  Unless I missed the part of the fundamental
Canon that said it must be possible to make all XML documents self-describing.


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