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   Re: [xml-dev] InnerXml is like printf (WAS: Underwhelmed)

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At 2:22 PM +0000 9/22/02, Arjun Ray wrote:

>Note that the issue only comes up if one insists on writing tags in
>strings.  That's the broken idea we need to get away from (because you
>can't test the string for wellformedness before runtime, and by that time
>the programmers have gone home, the product has shipped, and others are
>footing the bills.)

Atjun explained this to me last night at dinner, and I think I see 
where he's coming from. The problematic ocnstruct is not this:

element.InnerXml = "<tag>" + "content" + "</tag>";

It's this:

element.InnerXml += "<tag>";
element.InnerXml += "content";
element.InnerXml += "</tag>";

Is this legal? Can you append parts of an element to InnerXML in 
successive statements? I don't have a Windows development environment 
handy to check.

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