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O'Reilly.com: The XML Elements of Style

Oct 21, 2000, 16:41 (2 Talkback[s])
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"In honor of the eminently pragmatic William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, I present the XML Elements of Style: the elements you must follow as you create your own documents. If your XML document follows these ten basic rules, it qualifies as a "well-formed XML document."

"1. Begin each document with an XML declaration. The first characters in any XML document should be an XML declaration. The declaration is case-sensitive and looks like this in its simplest form:
<?xml version="1.0"?>

The special tag delimiters of <? and ?> distinguish this declaration from other tags in the document."
 

"2. Use only one top-level, enclosing document element. The first, outermost element in an XML document is called the document element because its name announces what kind of document it is--<FAQ-List>, <Book>, <Transaction>, <TrackingStatus>, etc."

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