• Subject: Re: XML Attributes
  • From: "Phil Hall" <hallp@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 14:44:21 -0600

Oops, missed this question.

> In all reality, how many people actually use DTDs?

I don't know. But I would say anyone who likes to take the easy approach to
programming and would rather let a tool (in the software sense of the word
'tool') do most of the work will be using DTD's - even for simple XML
streams. Using a third party XML parser (for instance the IBM one) gives me
these things

1. It checks for me to see if XML - without DTD's - stream is well formed
2. It validates for me the XML stream against the DTD, if there is one
3. It parses the XML into a nice, easy to traverse object tree

All that's left for me to do is read the actual data, not the stream in the
raw, but the actual element data.

All the hard work is done for me - just what I like ;-)


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