XML Training: Concepts
Document Type Design:
Public, Modified, or Custom?
(Beg, borrow, or steal?)
The first big decision in developing an XML application is “What should the document type(s) be?” Do you need to adopt an industry-standard DTD or schema? Do you need to adapt it to your environment?
There is a wide variety of XML “Application Standards” – usually in the form of DTDs and/or schemas, documentation, and business rules – clamoring for attention: “Do XML this way!” Most have been created to enable content interchange. Participants learn how to evaluate which, if any, XML applications will be useful or mandatory in their environment, how to use and modify these standards and languages, and how to create and/or receive content that conforms to one of these XML application specifications (also called XML “languages”).