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Re: D.1 Distinguish partial and full DTDs?

From: Charles F. Goldfarb <Charles@SGMLsource.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 21:36:57 GMT
To: Michael Sperberg-McQueen <U35395@UICVM.UIC.EDU>
Cc: W3C SGML Working Group <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <32792bc9.9131620@mail.alink.net>
On Thu, 24 Oct 96 14:08:08 CDT, Michael Sperberg-McQueen <U35395@UICVM.UIC.EDU>

>On 30 October 1996, the ERB will vote to decide the following
>question.  A straw poll indicates the question needs further
>discussion in the work group.
>D.1 What behavior should XML systems exhibit if no DTD, or only a
>partial DTD, is given with a document?  In particular, should there
>be a way to distinguish a document instance for which a DTD exists
>but is not given from an instance for which no DTD exists?

Every XML document should have a DOCTYPE declaration that specifies a DTD, just
as in SGML. However, an XML PI or other means should be used to indicate whether
the instance can be parsed without reference to the DTD.

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