Re: Question: XML as data-tranfer tool - metadata in DTD

Subject: Re: Question: XML as data-tranfer tool - metadata in DTD
From: "Guy K. Haas" <ghaas -at- selectica -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:38:33 -0800

I want to lay out the DTD to show the programmer what to expect
in the XML string that comes back as the result of a call.

Probably, I can just use "read DTD" to tell them what SOLID things are
coming AND "meta DTD" to show them where MUTABLE things will appear.

Thanks,
g

Tim Altom wrote:
>
> I guess I'm losing track of why you have to describe the DTD at all, unless
> you have to paraphrase it. A DTD is just a text file and anybody who doesn't
> know how to read one probably won't know how to read a representation of
> one, either.
>
> Your question presents a common problem, however, that of what to do when
> the software, manual, or both are highly mutable. You see that a lot,
> especially with enterprise software that can be modified on-site. Most
> companies I'm familiar with supply two manuals: an operations manual for the
> default operations, and an API for how to change things. But WHAT'S changed
> and documenting it is the province of the user, not of the supplier.
>
> Maybe if I could visualize the situation more clearly, I could recommend
> something.
>
> Tim Altom
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