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DSD Specification


Document Structure Description 1.0 is a complete specification of a new XML notation for describing classes of XML documents. The notation is designed to be a simple tool based on familiar concepts. DSDs provide more flexible and precise structural descriptions than possible with DTDs or the current XML Schema proposal. A DSD generates a CSS-like default mechanism independent of formatting models. Finally, it allows an extension mechanism so that DSDs may be updated with new structural concepts.


The specification of the DSD language is available in the following formats:

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PDF (for printing)

See also the overview article.

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