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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] what's the value of the document type declaration?
On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 12:53:39PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote: > > got into a discussion last night with someone discussing > docbook transformation (being the party animal that i am), > and the question arose as to the value of the document type > declaration at the top of the XML file. you know: > > <!DOCTYPE book ... blah blah ...> > > while the declaration is, of course, useful for validation, > it doesn't technically play a part in the actual transformation. > > i pointed out the one value that it includes all of the extra > entities, so that you can use things like ℵ and ⊕, > and so on. > > but beyond the inclusion of the addition entities, is there > some other value for the declaration? just curious. yes, attribute defaulting when default values are specified in the DTD but the attributes are not present in the instance. Daniel -- Daniel Veillard | Red Hat Network https://rhn.redhat.com/ email@example.com | libxml GNOME XML XSLT toolkit http://xmlsoft.org/ http://veillard.com/ | Rpmfind RPM search engine http://rpmfind.net/