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Re: Why Doesn't IE5 use the DTD to Validate?

From: James Clark <jjc@---------->
Date: 4/2/1999 5:22:00 PM
Reading the DTD and validating aren't the same thing.  Unless a document
has standalone="yes", the browser should always read a provided DTD so
that it can correctly

- default attributes
- normalize attribute values
- expand entity references

None of these things involve validation.

Jelks Cabaniss wrote:

> Say you have in one DTD
>         <!ELEMENT masterpiece (#PCDATA)>
>         <!ATTLIST masterpiece author CDATA #FIXED "Didier">
> and in another DTD,
>         <!ELEMENT masterpiece (#PCDATA)>
>         <!ATTLIST masterpiece author CDATA #FIXED "Chris">
> the only difference being the attribute value ...
> Now, what happens when you have stylesheet with
>         masterpiece[author="Didier"] { color: red;  /* ... */ }
>         masterpiece[author="Chris"]  { color: green;  /* ... */ }
> for a document containing
>         <masterpiece>Hark, ye dudes!</masterpiece>
> How can you apply the rule if you haven't read the DTD?
> ???

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