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Re: XML 1.0 - Element order significance

Tim Bray wrote:

> [I]f the doc has
> <brothers><matt /><jim /><luke /><dave /></brothers>
> then if I don't see them in the order (m, j, l, d) that they
> appear in the document, something is wrong.  Software that 
> rearranged the elements as part of processing would be broken;

Absolutely.  Unfortunately, such software is not actually
out of compliance with XML 1.0.

> As to whether the order is "significant" in the human/design/business
> sense, that is totally language-specific, and I don't agree with
> Henry that you can reverse-engineer it from the DTD. -Tim

I think HST's point is sound, though his wording
may be unfortunate.  Let me attempt to paraphrase:

If the elements MUST appear in a specified
	order (according to the DTD or whatever),
	then the order CANNOT convey any additional
	information to the application.

If the elements MAY appear in any order (again
	according to the DTD or whatever), then the order
	which actually appears MAY convey additional
	information to the application.
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