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SV: [xml-dev] What constitutes an XML document?
This is an interesting question.
A XML document can have 2 formal states:
The Wellformed document is what you describe below, and the Valid
document needs a DTD.
So I say that the answer is, a Wellformed document is a syntactically
correct XML document according to the XML spec, and if you have such a
one, you have a XML document (Wellformed, not Valid).
> 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?