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Problems viewing SVG files in XML viewers

From: David Naylor <naylor@pcc.net>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 09:03:18 -0600
To: <www-svg@w3.org>
Cc: "David Naylor" <naylor@eecs.uic.edu>
This problem may have been addressed previously, but I cannot find any
reference to it in the archives.

I have been trying to use several of the available XML editors and viewers
to edit and view SVG files and seem to find a common problem among them all.

When trying to open an SVG file in XML Spy I obtain the error message:

	The element 'svg' is used but not declared in the DTD/Schema

The SVG file starts out:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 12August 1999//EN"

When trying to open an SVG file in Microsoft's XML Notepad I obtain the
identical error message.

When I use the IBM alphaworks XMLViewer the message in the Log Window is

	Element "<svg>" is not valid because it does not follow the rule,


I have this problem not only with svg files produced by a beta SVG Export
Plug-In, but also with example SVG files downloaded from

Is there something that I am missing here. As far as I can tell, all these
XML viewers are having a problem with the SVG DTD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

David Naylor

David Naylor
Associate Professor
Director, Interactive Systems Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
(312) 996-6010 fax: (312) 413-0024
Received on Tuesday, 11 January 2000 10:04:07 UTC

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