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Rule-Based Generation of XML DTDs from UML Class Diagrams
It defines the document structure with a list of validated elements and attributes. The declarations in the external subset are located in a separate text file. Programs for reading documents may not be required to read the external subset. Any valid SGML or XML document that references an external subset in its DTD, or whose body contains references to parsed external entities declared in its DTD including those declared within its internal subset , may only be partially parsed but cannot be fully validated by validating SGML or XML parsers in their standalone mode this means that these validating parsers don't attempt to retrieve these external entities, and their replacement text is not accessible.
However, such documents are still fully parsable in the non -standalone mode of validating parsers, which signals an error if it can't locate these external entities with their specified public identifier FPI or system identifier a URI , or are inaccessible. Notations declared in the DTD are also referencing external entities, but these unparsed entities are not needed for the validation of documents in the standalone mode of these parsers: the validation of all external entities referenced by notations is left to the application using the SGML or XML parser.
Non-validating parsers may eventually attempt to locate these external entities in the non -standalone mode by partially interpreting the DTD only to resolve their declared parsable entities , but do not validate the content model of these documents. All HTML 4. The public identifiers of these DTDs are constant and are as follows:.
A system identifier usually points to a specific set of declarations in a resolvable location. SGML allows mapping public identifiers to system identifiers in catalogs that are optionally available to the URI resolvers used by document parsing software. Finally, the document type definition may include no subset at all; in that case, it just specifies that the document has a single top-level element this is an implicit requirement for all valid XML and HTML documents, but not for document fragments or for all SGML documents, whose top-level elements may be different from the implied root element , and it indicates the type name of the root element:.
DTDs describe the structure of a class of documents via element and attribute-list declarations. Element declarations name the allowable set of elements within the document, and specify whether and how declared elements and runs of character data may be contained within each element.
Attribute-list declarations name the allowable set of attributes for each declared element, including the type of each attribute value, if not an explicit set of valid values. DTD markup declarations declare which element types , attribute lists , entities , and notations are allowed in the structure of the corresponding class of XML documents.
An element type declaration defines an element and its possible content. Element type declarations are ignored by non-validating SGML and XML parsers in which cases, any elements are accepted in any order, and in any number of occurrences in the parsed document , but these declarations are still checked for form and validity.
An attribute list specifies for a given element type the list of all possible attribute associated with that type. For each possible attribute, it contains:. Attribute list declarations are ignored by non-validating SGML and XML parsers in which cases any attribute is accepted within all elements of the parsed document , but these declarations are still checked for well-formedness and validity. An entity is similar to a macro.
The entity declaration assigns it a value that is retained throughout the document. A common use is to have a name more recognizable than a numeric character reference for an unfamiliar character. In general, there are two types: internal and external. Internal entities may be defined in any order, as long as they are not referenced and parsed in the DTD or in the body of the document, in their order of parsing: it is valid to include a reference to a still undefined entity within the content of a parsed entity, but it is invalid to include anywhere else any named entity reference before this entity has been fully defined, including all other internal entities referenced in its defined content this also prevents circular or recursive definitions of internal entities.
This document is parsed as if it was:. Reference to the "author" internal entity is not substituted in the replacement text of the "signature" internal entity.
Instead, it is replaced only when the "signature" entity reference is parsed within the content of the "sgml" element, but only by validating parsers non-validating parsers do not substitute entity references occurring within contents of element or within attribute values, in the body of the document. They provide a complete reference to unparsed external entities whose interpretation is left to the application which interprets them directly or retrieves the external entity themselves , by assigning them a simple name, which is usable in the body of the document.
For example, to annotate SVG images to associate them with a specific renderer:. This declares the MIME type of external images with this type, and associates it with a notation name "type-image-svg". The declared notation name must be unique within all the document type declaration, i. For example:. This annotation is referenced directly within the unparsed "type" attribute of the "img" element, but its content is not retrieved.
It also declares another notation for a vendor-specific application, to annotate the "sgml" root element in the document. In both cases, the declared notation named is used directly in a declared "type" attribute, whose content is specified in the DTD with the "NOTATION" attribute type this "type" attribute is declared for the "sgml" element, as well as for the "img" element. However, the "title" attribute of the "img" element specifies the internal entity "example1SVGTitle" whose declaration that does not define an annotation, so it is parsed by validating parsers and the entity replacement text is "Title of example1.
The content of the "img" element references another external entity "example1SVG" whose declaration also does not define an notation, so it is also parsed by validating parsers and the entity replacement text is located by its defined SYSTEM identifier "example1.
The effective content for the "img" element be the content of this second external resource. However multiple external entities may be referenced in a space-separated list of names in attributes declared with type ENTITIES, and where each named external entity is also declared with its own notation. However this behaviour is application-specific, and requires that the application maintains a catalog of known URNs to resolve them into the notations that have been parsed in a standard SGML or XML parser.
This use allows notations to be defined only in a DTD stored as an external entity and referenced only as the external subset of documents, and allows these documents to remain compatible with validating XML or SGML parsers that have no direct support for notations.
Notably, the XML DTD allows defining entities and notations that have no direct equivalents in DTD-less XML because internal entities and parsable external entities are not part of XML schema languages, and because other unparsed external entities and notations have no simple equivalent mappings in most XML schema languages. Most XML schema languages are only replacements for element declarations and attribute list declarations, in such a way that it becomes possible to parse XML documents with non-validating XML parsers if the only purpose of the external DTD subset was to define the schema.
In addition, documents for these XML schema languages must be parsed separately, so validating the schema of XML documents in pure standalone mode is not really possible with these languages: the document type declaration remains necessary for at least identifying with a XML Catalog the schema used in the parsed XML document and that is validated in another language.
A common misconception holds that a non-validating XML parser does not have to read document type declarations, when in fact, the document type declarations must still be scanned for correct syntax as well as validity of declarations, and the parser must still parse all entity declarations in the internal subset , and substitute the replacement texts of internal entities occurring anywhere in the document type declaration or in the document body.
A non-validating parser may, however, elect not to read parsable external entities including the external subset , and does not have to honor the content model restrictions defined in element declarations and in attribute list declarations. If the XML document type declaration includes any SYSTEM identifier for the external subset, it can't be safely processed as standalone: the URI should be retrieved, otherwise there may be unknown named character entities whose definition may be needed to correctly parse the effective XML syntax in the internal subset or in the document body the XML syntax parsing is normally performed after the substitution of all named entities, excluding the five entities that are predefined in XML and that are implicitly substituted after parsing the XML document into lexical tokens.
The files should both be saved in the same directory. For security reasons, they may also choose not to read the external DTD. The same DTD can also be embedded directly in the XML document itself as an internal subset, by encasing it within [square brackets] in the document type declaration, in which case the document no longer depends on external entities and can be processed in standalone mode:.
For this reason,. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Set of markup declarations that define a document type for an SGML-family markup language. The optional "data" attribute value is set to an unparsed external entity. The optional "type" attribute value can only be one of the two notations. Sams teach yourself XML in 10 minutes. Sams Publishing.
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XML - DTDs
An XML DTD can be either specified inside the document, or it can be kept in a separate document and then liked separately. DTD identifier is an identifier for the document type definition, which may be the path to a file on the system or URL to a file on the internet. The square brackets [ ] enclose an optional list of entity declarations called Internal Subset. This means, the declaration works independent of an external source. This effectively ends the definition, and thereafter, the XML document follows immediately. They are accessed by specifying the system attributes which may be either the legal.
The content of the DTD file is shown and explained below. If you develop applications, wait until the specification is stable before you add a DTD. Otherwise, your software might stop working because of validation errors. If you want to report an error, or if you want to make a suggestion, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail:. LOG IN. New User? Sign Up For Free!
XML - DTDs
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It includes most of the capabilities it does not support entity of Document Type Description DTD and additional capabilities. DTDs allow the specification of the following:. XML Schema language serves a similar purpose to DTDs, but it is more flexible in specifying XML document constraints and potentially more useful for certain applications. Namespace support and datatypes support for elements and attributes are both found in XML Schema. DTD does not support datatypes other than character data, a limitation for describing metadata standards and database schemas.
But we still did not tell you anything about how to define the structure and the elements that can or have to be used in a specific XML document. We make an example: Imagine that you want to store the addresses of all your friends in an XML document and every address must have the same child elements such as first name, last name, street, number and city as it is shown in the following example:. If there exist a DTD or an XML Schema for the example above, you are not anymore able to store an address in the wrong way as it is shown in the next picture:. Update:
It defines the document structure with a list of validated elements and attributes. The declarations in the external subset are located in a separate text file.
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When sending data from a sender to a receiver, it is essential that both parts have the same "expectations" about the content. A date like: "" will, in some countries, be interpreted as 3. November and in other countries as Even if documents are well-formed they can still contain errors, and those errors can have serious consequences. Think of the following situation: you order 5 gross of laser printers, instead of 5 laser printers. With XML Schemas, most of these errors can be caught by your validating software.
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