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Do we have to use DTD?

No! The schemas are available in three schema languages: DTD, W3C XML Schema, and RELAX NG.

What is the difference between the Tag Suite and a Tag Set? And a Tag Library?

The Tag Suite is the complete set of elements and attributes that has been defined to tag journal articles. A Tag Set is an article model built from the elements and attributes in the Tag Suite. NISO Z39.96-2012 contains all of the element and attribute definitions as well as three Tag Sets (or article models): Archiving and Interchange Tag Set, the Journal Publishing Tag Set, and the Article Authoring Tag Set. Each tag set is represented by schemas written in each of DTD, W3C XML Schema, and RELAX NG.

A Tag Library is the complete documentation for each Tag Set that includes tagged samples, usage notes, heirarchy diagrams, and lists of suggested attribute values. The Tag Library is applicable to the Tag Set without regard to the schema language that is being used.

Where can I ask questions on how to use the Tag Sets?

There is a public discussion list dedicated to the JATS. See the description at http://www.mulberrytech.com/JATS/JATS-List/.

Where can I get guidance on how to tag articles?

[See also the Style guides section of the Resources page.]

There are a number of resources describing tagging best practices, including:

Where can I make suggestions or change requests?

Comments, suggestions, or change requests to the standard, the associated schemas, or the supporting documentation can be made through a public comment form on the NISO site: http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/add_comment.php?document_id=10591 .

If you'd like to discuss your suggestions first, please send a message to the JATS discussion list.