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TitleDeveloping SGML DTDs: From Text to Model to Markup
Author(s)Eve Maler, Jeanne El Andaloussi
PublishedDecember 1995
PublisherPrentice Hall PTR
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Initially it is difficult to understand the reticence of the authors in regard to the audience for this book. It is easy enough to comprehend the statement that the book is for the subject matter specialist: the "author" of a work is not likely to be a expert in the use of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language), so that would label the book as an introduction to the topic. The inclusion of management in the target audience would seem to be gilding the lily somewhat: managers are beginners at everything. The suggestion that additional training might be needed for work in SGML sounds like a modest disclaimer. Once you actually get into the book, all of this becomes much clearer. While the details of SGML are not neglected, the primary emphasis is on the design, development, and maintenance of a document type description (DTD). The subject expert is the one who will be able to identify document elements as something other than #PCDATA. The manager is responsible for the training of a team, and therefore needs to know the materials that will be helpful in the learning process (as well as traps to avoid). The work with SGML does not end with a viable DTD, though: authors and others must be trained in the use of the DTD elements once it has been created. The book provides a very clear explanation of SGML and document elements as a background. A procedure for DTD design is presented, based on analysis of a class of documents. There is discussion of the implementation of markup requirements, and of customization. As well, the work covers the documentation of a DTD itself, and training requirements. Appendices provide references for SGML, tree diagrams, a sample of DTD reuse and customization, ISO character sets, a bibliography, and a glossary. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996

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Document Type Definition (DTD) specifications form the foundation for every document based on the SGML language — therefore DTD quality is too important to be left to chance. This helpful guide shows how to develop DTDs that work, based a proven methodology and techniques. Explains how DTD development benefits from the same rigorous treatment as software development: Articulate project goals, analyze requirements, write specifications, design and implement readable and maintainable code using good programming style, perform thorough testing, and document the work along the way. For writers, editors, and other subject matter experts; software developers and other DTD implementors; and publishing managers.

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