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Re: [xml-dev] XML basics

On 01/03/2011 14:05, Michael Sokolov wrote:
> Yeah, this anti-node bias has me confused, too. node() gets used in all
> kinds of XML APIs like xpath and xquery, and it seems to mean pretty
> much the same thing there, and is a useful term.  I must be missing some
> subtle source of confusion?

It's confusing to talk of nodes in the original source document, nodes 
are what you get (conceptually) after the document is parsed and you 
have a tree of some sort to operate on.

You can't have half a node, or open a node but not close it, but you can 
have a start tag without an end tag (in error, or just while editing the 

So I agree with Simon that when discussing XML syntax it is far better 
to talk of tags, elements, attributes, rather than nodes.

Systems that work with tags and xml syntax allow you do do

if (something)
  write "<foo>"
   write "<bar>"


and people who don't have the differences between tags and nodes in 
their mind try to do this all the time in xslt

<xsl:when test="something">

Of course one way of describing the above error is just to say an xslt 
file has to be well formed xml, and that isn't, which is true, but 
people who make that error typically are making it because conceptually 
they are trying to output tags into a serialised result whereas xslt 
wants them to construct nodes in a tree.


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