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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: XML configuration revisited
Date Wed, 20 Oct 1999 17:57:40 GMT
Dirk-Willem van Gulik wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Oct 1999, Ben Laurie wrote:
> ...
> > > Our idea at this point is to build a simple DTD that incorporates both
> > > the Apache config details and the future web.xml DTD. For the time
> > > being, we will edit the XML config by hand and write a simple parser to
> > > spit out httpd.conf and jserv.conf/
> > > We would like some feedback and see if anyone else is already working on
> > > this, possibly as part of Jakarta.
> >
> > It has been discussed on the Tomcat mailing list, but so far without
> > much in the way of conclusions.
> >
> > The major issue I see is that Apache's configuration is extensible, but
> > DTDs are not (at least, as far as I understand them). So, some kind of
> > XDTD (to coin an acronym) is needed. I believe such things do exist, but
> > I don't know much about them. However, the fact that they are plural
> > worries me :-)
> Well, actually by introducing the DTD you kind of shoot yourself in the
> foot. If you for a moment assumens that your XML is 'correct' and contains
> no semantic errors (well formness can be cheched on the fly) then you
> can dynamically build the correct tree in memory flexible enough and
> without the need for a DTD.
> This sort of assumes you have tools to do this. Obviously those tools
> would like to have DTD's or some XSL or XML like data semantics construct
> to drive the tool itself; so that you can add, say the configuration of
> module X, by simply splicing in some DTD like info.. causing the tool to
> add the right widows, fields and widgets.
> But to return, IMHO adding, or even mandating a DTD from our side smells
> a lot like shooting ourselfes in the foot.

At the risk of repeating myself... I don't think we need DTDs but we
need some way to describe the format of the XML.




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