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   Re: Can an element be sometimes empty?

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  • From: Michel Rodriguez <mrodrigu@ieee.org>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 14:25:14 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Tim Bray wrote:

> ><doc><weird_element/><weird_element>with a content </weird_element></doc>
> Well, the following DTD validates it:
> <!ELEMENT doc (weird_element)+>
> <!ELEMENT weird_element (#PCDATA)>

OK, I never realized that <foo/> was just a shortcut for <foo></foo> and
that the 2 forms could be used whether the element is empty or not. I
thought <foo/> was reserved for those element which are trully EMPTY.

Thank you all for the clarification.



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