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From "Tal Dayan" <...@zapta.com>
Subject RE: [digester] forcing a specific DTD
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2001 03:59:47 GMT
This looks great. I will give it a try and will report here.

I presume that the license is ASF. Is it so ?

Tal

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Turner [mailto:jeff@socialchange.net.au]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 6:46 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [digester] forcing a specific DTD
>
>
> You can use this utility to force a specific doctype:
>
> http://newgate.socialchange.net.au/~jeff/doctypechanger/
>
> I posted this on Nov 5:
>
> http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=jakarta-commons-dev&m=100491227030900&w=2
>
>
> --Jeff
>
> On Tue, Nov 13, 2001 at 09:04:43AM -0800, Tal Dayan wrote:
> >
> > We plan to use Digester for parsing XML based configuration
> files and would
> > like
> > to use a DTD to save some validation code. From the Digester
> documentation
> > it seems that the DTD based validation works as follows, the
> user specifies
> > an arbitrary DTD, and digester.parse() makes sure the XML
> document matches
> > the user's specified DTD.
> >
> > We have two problems with this approach:
> >
> > 1. When we parse a file, we know what DTD it should conform to
> so there is
> > not need require the user to type it (e.g. when Tomcat reads
> server.xml, the
> > user does not care about the DTD, it should be up to Tomcat to
> do the magic
> > of validating it).
> >
> > 2. The user can specify arbitrary DTD but we want to validate against a
> > *specific* DTD. It does not help us much if we know that the
> XML conforms to
> > some arbitrary DTD the user specified (this reminds me an old
> joke, a man is
> > asked by the bank manager to identify himself, he pull a
> picture of from his
> > pocket and says 'that's me').
> >
> > Any idea how to address these issues ?
> >
> > A good solution would be example a digester.forceSpecificDTD(...) method
> > that forces a specific DTD for that instance of the parser.
> This makes sense
> > since the digester is configured anyway (via the set of rules)
> to parse a
> > specific type of XML document.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Tal
>
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