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       XML::Doctype - A DTD object class


          # To parse an external DTD at compile time, useful when
          # using XML::ValidWriter
          use XML::Doctype NAME => 'FooML', SYSTEM_ID => 'FooML.dtd' ;
          use XML::Doctype NAME => 'FooML', DTD_TEXT  => $dtd ;

          # Parsing at run-time
          $doctype = XML::Doctype->new( 'FooML', SYSTEM_ID => 'FooML.dtd' ) ;

          # or
          $doctype = XML::Doctype->new() ;
          $doctype->parse( 'FooML', 'FooML.dtd' ) ;

          # Saving the parsed object
          open( PM, ">FooML/DTD/" ) or die $! ;
          print PM $doctype->as_pm( 'FooML::DTD::v1_000' ) ;

          # Using a saved parsed DTD
          use FooML::DTD::v1_000 ;

          $doctype = FooML::DTD::v1_000->new() ;


       This module parses DTDs and allows them to be saved as .pm files and reloaded.  The
       ability to save and reload is intended to aid in packaging parsed DTDs with XML tools so
       that XML::Parser need not be installed.


       This module is alpha code.  It's developed enough to support XML::ValidWriter, but need a
       lot of work.  Some big things that are lacking are:

       ·   methods or objects to build / traverse the DTD

       ·   XML::Doctype::ELEMENT

       ·   XML::Doctype::ATTLIST

       ·   XML::Doctype::ENITITY


              $doctype = XML::Doctype->new() ;
              $doctype = XML::Doctype->new( 'FooML', DTD_TEXT => $doctype_text ) ;
              $doctype = XML::Doctype->new( 'FooML', SYSTEM_ID => 'FooML.dtd' ) ;

              $name = $doctype->name() ;

              Sets/gets the name.

              $doctype->parse_dtd( $name, $doctype_text ) ;
              $doctype->parse_dtd( $name, $doctype_text, 'internal' ) ;

           Parses the text of a DTD from a scalar.  $name is used to indicate the name of the
           DOCTYPE, and thus the root node.

           The DTD is considered to be external unless the third parameter is TRUE.

              $doctype->parse_dtd_file( $name, $system_id [, $public_id] ) ;
              $doctype->parse_dtd_file( $name, $system_id [, $public_id], 'internal' ) ;

           Parses a DTD from a file.  Eventually will support full URL syntax.

           $public_id is ignored for now, and $system_id is used to locate the DTD.

           This routine requires XML::Parser.  XML::Parser is not loaded at any other time and is
           not needed to use the resulting DTD object.

           The DTD is considered to be external unless the fourth parameter is TRUE.

              $doctype->parse_dtd_file( $name, $system_id, $p_id, 'internal' ) ;
              $doctype->parse_dtd_file( $name, $system_id, undef, 'internal' ) ;

              $system_id = $doctype->system_id() ;

              Sets/gets the system ID.

              $public_id = $doctype->public_id() ;

              Sets/gets the public_id.

              $elt_decl = $doctype->element_decl( $name ) ;

           Returns the XML::Doctype:Element object associated with $name.  These can be defined
           by <!ELEMENT> tags or undefined, which can happen if they were just referred-to by
           <!ELEMENT> or <!ATTLIST> tags.

           Returns an unsorted list of element names.  This list includes names that are declared
           and undeclared (but referred to in element declarations or attribute definitions).

              open( PM, "FooML/DTD/" )            or die $! ;
              print PM $doctype->as_pm( 'FooML::DTD::v1_001' ) or die $! ;
              close PM                                     or die $! ;

           Then, later:

              use FooML::DTD::v1_001 ;   # Do *not* use () as a parameter list!

           Returns string containing the DTD as an independent module, allowing the DTD to be
           parsed in the development environment and shipped as Perl code, so that the target
           environment need not have XML::Parser installed.

           This is useful for XML creation-only tools and as an efficiency tuning measure if you
           will be rereading the same set of DTDs over and over again.

              use XML::Doctype NAME => 'FooML', SYSTEM_ID => 'dtds/FooML.dtd' ;

           import() constructs a default DTD object for the calling package so that
           XML::ValidWriter's functional interface can use it.

           If XML::Doctype is subclassed, the subclasses' constructor is called with all


       This object uses the fields pragma, so you should use base and fields for any subclasses.


       Barrie Slaymaker <>


       This module is Copyright 2000, 2005 Barrie Slaymaker.  All rights reserved.

       This module is licensed under your choice of the Artistic, BSD or General Public License.