The Plays of Shakespeare in XML

Date:      Tue, 20 Jul 1999 18:00:26 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Jon Bosak <>
Subject:   Shakespeare 2.00 available

Version 2.00 of my XML set of the plays of Shakespeare is now available at:

See the file shaksper.htm included in the distribution for more information.

The Shakespeare set is the companion to a set of religious works marked up in XML that was updated almost a year ago with a revised DTD and a set of DSSSL stylesheets; you can get that set at:

Both sets began as ASCII files in the public domain. I marked them up in 1992 as a beginner's exercise in SGML DTD and stylesheet design and released them in 1996 as the earliest examples of real documents in XML -- so early, in fact, that they were not completely compliant with the XML Recommendation as finally approved in February 1998. The Religion set achieved XML compliance with the release of version 2.00 in September of 1998, and now the Shakespeare set joins it in the same happy state. When taken with their corresponding DTD, the plays are both valid SGML (according to nsgmls) and valid XML (according to nsgmls, the Java Software Project X parser, and the validator developed by the Scholarly Technology Group at Brown University). I invite everyone to check these files with their own favorite parsers and let me know if anything is found amiss.

I had originally intended to supply a set of DSSSL stylesheets for the plays just as I did for the religious texts -- hence the delay in making this set available. I have given up on finding the time to do this right now, but I hope to include stylesheets in a future release.

Jon Bosak
Los Altos, California
July 1999


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