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Appendix D. Using DTDs and RELAX NG Schemas with Office

Appendix D. Using DTDs and RELAX NG Schemas with Office

While Microsoft has chosen to use XSD as the schema language throughout its product line, there are at least two other strong schema languages in regular use today. Both Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and RELAX NG (pronounced "relaxing" but no longer an acronym) are much simpler than XSD, and both offer features that go beyond those in XSD, though in different ways. Developers who need or prefer to integrate DTDs or RELAX NG with Microsoft Office can do so by converting these schemas into XSD with Trang, a very simple but powerful translation tool.

If you need a more detailed explanation of DTDs, any introductory XML book should provide a lot of information. For a more thorough explanation of RELAX NG, see Eric van der Vlist's RELAX NG (O'Reilly).


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