Abbreviated end tags found in a XML file

Bryan Gilbert Bryan_Gilbert at
Mon Apr 20 21:02:21 BST 1998

At this site
you will find a XML file that contains content like this:
<BIO>Renowned French composer known for <SPAN
STYLE="font-style:italic">Symphonie Fantastique</SPAN> written in

Notice that end tags do NOT contain the element name.  
>From my reading of the XML spec this file is not well formed.

But is it acceptable?

Bryan Gilbert, B.Sc.  M.Sc.
Systems Engineer, ION Modules Team,
Power Measurement Ltd 
2195 Keating Cross Road, Saanichton, BC, Can, V8M 2A5
Phone: (250) 652-7100 ext 7570
Fax: (250) 652-0411
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