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What constitutes an XML document?


I've joined this list primarily because I need an answer to a very specific 

If I am asked to produce an XML document and I come up with something that 
LOOKS like XML markup - syntactically correct tags, attributes, etc.


I do not supply a DTD or a schema, and I refuse to supply a DTD or a schema 
(because I have actually created the document without designing/creating a 
DTD or a schema)


I understand that the document cannot be validated - but what I need to know 
is: Is what I have produced actually XML at all, or is it just a document 
formatted to look like XML?

This is not theoretical - it relates to a genuine situation, though I have 
changed the identity of the author of the document for obvious reasons.



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