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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: Encapsulating an XML document within an XML element

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On Sat, Jul 10, 2004 at 04:12:39PM +0200, Martin Honnen wrote:
> >Is there a _standard_ way of combining or encapsulating multiple XML
> >documents into a single XML document?
> http://www.w3.org/TR/xinclude/ is probably what you are looking for 
> though it has not yet reached recommendation status.
> Implementations are listed here:
>   http://www.w3.org/XML/2002/09/xinclude-implementation

Thanks for the pointer (no pun intended).

I don't think it does what I need though. What I want is to store existing
XML documents (complete with doctype/DTD subset declarations etc), within an
enclosing XML document. With XInclude, I think I would be forced to use
parse="text" to do that. And in that case, the enclosed document is not
composed of XML elements at all; I might as well store it as CDATA.

Actually, that does suggest a reasonable option:

  <document><![CDATA[<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!DOCTYPE example1 [ <!ELEMENT one (#PCDATA)> ]>
  <document><![CDATA[<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!DOCTYPE example2 [ <!ELEMENT two (#PCDATA)> ]>

Or even:

  <one ex:prolog='&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;&#xa;&lt;!DOCTYPE example1 [ &lt;!ELEMENT one (#PCDATA)&gt; ]&gt;'>
  <two ex:prolog='&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;&#xa;&lt;!DOCTYPE example2 [ &lt;!ELEMENT two (#PCDATA)&gt; ]&gt;'>

That's probably good enough for my purposes.




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