DTD validation problems
Posted on 2008-10-15
I'm using the DTD editor which is integrated in Eclipse 3.4.1 and I stumbled over a DTD in our system which Eclipse doesn't accept (But which seems to work in the system where it is used). I'm not very familar with DTDs and now I wonder if there are really DTD problems (which are ignored for some reason when it is used on the production system) or if the validator in Eclipse is buggy. So can you please check a few lines. Please note: I'm trying to validate the DTD, not the XML files.
<!ELEMENT parent (child1?, child2?, #PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT child1 (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT child2 (#PCDATA)>
It should allow an XML document like this:
Some text data
Validator doesn't like the #PCDATA in the first line (Error message: A '(' character or an element type is required in the declaration of element type "parent".). So first question: Is this not allowed in a DTD? Or is this a false alarm in Eclipse? Or can I write this in a different way which may be accepted by Eclipse?
<!ATTLIST mail contentType (text/plain | text/html) "text/plain" >
This should allow a "mail" element with an optional contentType attribute which can have the values "text/plain" and "text/html". But Eclipse doesn't like the slash in the values (Error message: "The enumerated type list must end with ')' in the "contentType" attribute declaration."). Again: Is this not allowed in a DTD or is it an Eclipse bug? Or can I solve this in a different way which makes Eclipse happy and still works?