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XML Companion, The, Third Edition by Neil Bradley

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Industry standard models

Some government organizations and industry-wide standardization committees have produced standard DTDs and XML Schemas. The case for adopting a standard for exchange of information with other organizations is incontrovertible.

But when exchange is not a core issue, or when data could be stored locally in a more appropriate format, the picture then becomes more complex.

Advantages

There are powerful reasons for considering the adoption of a standard model:

  • The costly and time-consuming task of developing a custom model is avoided.

  • The model usually benefits from the wisdom of many expert contributors.

  • The model usually benefits from the contribution of at least one XML expert.

In addition, consider the case of two organizations ...

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