• Subject: RE: XML Attributes
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (TC)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 15:51:44 -0600

I agree, using a tool would be great.  But what if the person who is sending
you the data doesn't use a tool and the standards?  What if they don't want
to change?  What if they are your customer and you have to change your
ways!?

:)

Brad

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Phil Hall [mailto:hallp@ssax.com]
> Sent: Friday, November 17, 2000 2:44 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: XML Attributes
> 
> 
> 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 ;-)
> 
> --phil
> 
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