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Umm... XML has always had DTDs. Some wanted to
take them out initially, but that was a bad idea
on the face of it. Defining new application languages
for that job was always a possibility, and now a
reality, but ten years ago, like using SGML to
code for graphics, it was a political non-starter
even if it did occasionally happen in the wild.
I remember some discussion about ASN.1 and SGML
'getting together'. It died in the rush to HTML.
The web put aside many projects of worth while
the whole world tried to go up the learning
curve together. Now we're there and things are
From: Bob Wyman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
For a long time, XML didn't have
schemas, but even that is fixed now. (Now there are many XML schema
languages -- including ASN.1).