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   RE: [xml-dev] Data streams

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> In everything I have read, it appears that every chunk of content 
> must be encapsulated by tags, such as:
> <data>123.456</data>
> But, what about streams of data, like from a x/y recorder where one 
> may have thousands of pieces of data? Is there some way to wrap this 
> data into a series of comma delimited fields, such as:
> <data>
> 123.456,
> 234.567,
> ...
> </data>
> Or does each piece have to have it's own tag, such as:
> <data>123.456</data>
> <data>234.567</data>
> <data>345.678</data>
> <data>456.789</data>
These are both legitimate XML documents. The question is, what are you
trying to achieve? If you use XML markup around the data, then an XML parser
(and tools such as XSLT) will understand it. If you use commas, then you
have to parse it yourself. If you want to parse the data by hand, then why
use XML in the first place?

Michael Kay


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