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   RE: xml style questions

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  • From: Kay Michael <Michael.Kay@icl.com>
  • To: "'Mark D. Anderson'" <mda@discerning.com>, XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 13:28:53 -0000

> any words of wisdom regarding:
> 1) having an extra collection layer in the xml tree, 
> 2) having PCDATA vs. having a distinct "comment" or 
> "description" element child:

Firstly, the extra markup can be used to impose extra validity constraints,
which means you application has to do less checking.

Secondly, the extra markup can make XSL stylesheets a lot easier to write.
(In fact, without it they can be impossible...)

So if you're auto-generating the XML and if space isn't at a premium I would
include the extra tags. If it's manually edited it's a different story...

Mike Kay

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