DTDGen - An XML DTD Generator

Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 10:11:58 +0100
From: Michael Kay <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
Subject: A DTD Generator
To: Xml-Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>

If you share my distaste for the syntax of DTDs and would rather wash the car than sit down to write one, you may be interested in a little utility I have written called DTDGen. It takes a well-formed XML document and generates a DTD for it.

Of course, it has limitations. It is trying to induce general rules from one example. But I've found it useful in a number of contexts:

This is homespun software not a professional product, use it accordingly. You can download it from http://home.iclweb.com/icl2/mhkay/dtdgen.zip.

You will need an XML parser and SAX 1.0 driver (and of course a Java 1.1 environment). The download includes java source and class files (copy these to your classpath) and an HTML document explaining what it does and what it doesn't.

Let me know of any problems.

Mike Kay

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