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   Re: Can an element be sometimes empty?

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  • From: Danny Vint <dvint@slip.net>
  • To: Michel Rodriguez <mrodrigu@ieee.org>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 15:35:25 -0700

They certainly appear in XSLT templates all the time and the spec tends to
show the use of the empty element notation like you do. Take a look at the
spec there are several samples that use this.


At 11:09 AM 7/25/2000 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>At 01:12 PM 25/07/00 -0400, Michel Rodriguez wrote:
>>I came accross an interesting albeit theoretical problem today: can an
>>element in a well-formed XML document be sometimes empty and sometimes
>>  <weird_element/>
>>  <weird_element>with a content </weird_element>
>Well, the following DTD validates it:
><!ELEMENT doc (weird_element)+>
><!ELEMENT weird_element (#PCDATA)>
>But I'm not sure that addresses your question. -T.

Danny Vint

Author: "SGML at Work"  


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