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From: Chad Walstrom
Subject: Re: XML DTD?
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:33:27 -0500
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Micone, Andrew wrote:
> We've been using GNATS quite successfully for a while now. The file
> format for the GNATS requests is a tagged format I sometimes think
> would be better expressed in XML. I might take it upon myself make
> that happen.

Certainly do-able, but the question is, "Why?"  If GNATS were to be
rewritten from scratch, XML metadata would certainly be the way to go,
especially with XPath and SAX to play with for querying the docs.

Still, GNATS has a good, fast little indexing application.  Replacing
the metadata with XML would be a major rewrite.  You could step in to it
incrementally by providing an XML export, perhaps.

> Does anybody know of an XML DTD used for tracking bug/help requests?
> I'd rather use one that someone else has standardized upon than roll
> one of my own.

Unfortuately, no.  It would be wonderful if people would register their
DTD's with some central registry database.

Chad Walstrom <address@hidden> 
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