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internal DTD override

Gobiraj Vadivelrajan

Joined: Jun 05, 2002
Posts: 5
I have a external DTD and I wanted to override an element declaration using an internal DTD. When I try to open the XML using IE or XML Notepad I get
an error that the element is already declared.
<!ELEMENT catalog (book*)>
<!ELEMENT book (title,isbn,price)>
<!ELEMENT title (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT price (#PCDATA)>
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE catalog SYSTEM "catalog.dtd" [
<!ELEMENT book (title,price)>
<title> Good Book</title>
<price> 100.00 </price>
Error (for the declaration in the DTD)
The element 'book' is already declared.
<!ELEMENT book (title,isbn,price)>
Is this the normal behavior that an element
declaration cannot be overridden
Milo Tan

Joined: Feb 08, 2002
Posts: 3
Yes, that is the normal behavior. If your DTD declaration also use an external DTD declaration, only ENTITY and ATTLIST declaration may be overridden.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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