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Benefits of Using XML | Difference in XML Schema with DTD | Web Technology

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Difference of XML Schema with DTD,
Web Technologies Notes| Sixth Semester,
BSc.CSIT | Tribhuvan University (TU)

Benefits of using Extensible Markup Language (XML)
XML is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human readable and machine readable. The design goals of XML emphasize simplicity, generality, and usability across the internet. It is a textual data format with strong support via Unicode for different human languages. Due to it’s simplicity and other characteristics, it has several benefits to use and they are as follows;

  • Information coded in XML is easy to read, understand and it can be processed easily by computers.
  • Extendable: one can create own tags, or use tags created by others, that use the natural language of your domain.
  • Any application that can process XML can use your information, regardless of platform.
  • Supports Unicode, allowing almost any information written in any human language to be communicated.
  • Represents common computer science data structures: records, lists and trees.
  • Its self-documenting format describes structure and field names as well as specific values.
  • XML is heavily used as a format for document storage and processing, both online and offline.
  • It is based on international standards.
  • It can be updated incrementally.
  • It allows validation using schema language such as XSD and Schematron, which makes effective unit-testing, firewalls, acceptance testing, contractual specification and software construction easier.
  • The hierarchical structure is suitable for most types of documents.
  • Forward and backward compatibility are relatively easy to maintain despite changes in DTD or Schema.

Difference between XML Schema and DTD are as follows;

  • XML Schemas must be written in XML, but DTDs are not.
  • XML Schemas are namespace aware, but DTDs are not.
  • To allow inline definitions is the functionality of the DTD which is not available in the XML Schema.
  • DTDs are considered to be less powerful than XML Schema.
  • As compared to the DTD, the XML Schema is strongly typed.
  • Derived and built-in data types are available in the XML Schema but they are not available in DTDs

Write an XML DTD to describe “person” as an element and “Name, address, phone-no, and Age” as it’s attributes

<?xml version=”1.0” encoding=”utf-8”?>
<!DOCTYPE person [
<!ELEMENT person (name,address,phone-no,age)>
<!ELEMENT address (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT phone-no (#PCDATA)>

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