Dana, make sure that your EAD document has the proper DOCTYPE 
declaration at the top.  You will need to change to "plain text" view to 
see it in XMetaL.  It is usually placed a couple of lines from the top 
of the document:

<!DOCTYPE ead PUBLIC "+//ISBN 1-931666-00-8//DTD ead.dtd (Encoded 
Archival Description (EAD) Version 2002)//EN" "ead.dtd">

Note that the last part of the declaration contains only the filename 
ead.dtd rather than a specific path.  This is the default preference for 
XMetaL; XMetaL automatically searches in the Rules folder when a 
specific path is not specified.  I would recommend not specifying a path 
in your DOCTYPE declaration because this can cause problems if you move 
your XML files between difference folders.

Dana M. Miller wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm having some minor difficulty with what I think should be a rather 
> simple function of the XMetal software- setting the DTD to default to 
> EAD. When I first open the program and open an existing xml document, it 
> says that the file cannot be opened because a DTD could not be found, so 
> I have to browse for my dtd each time. I have both an ead.dtd file and 
> an ead.rlx file saved in the Rules folder in XMetal, and I've been 
> choosing ead.dtd instead of rlx since I don't really understand the 
> difference.
> I'm using the current Trial version while waiting for an upgrade to 4.6, 
> but nowhere in the Help does it seem to say anything about setting a 
> default DTD to use everytime I open the program. Is this actually 
> something that can be done?
> Thanks!
> Dana Miller
> Technical Services Archivist
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Mark Carlson
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