Embedding Content as Element Content or As An Attribute Value

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Fri Jan 9 00:46:40 GMT 1998

Michael J. Suzio wrote:

> I couldn't agree more, I just poured over the XML spec for two hours, taking
> notes and trying like hell to understand this stuff.  I poked around trying to
> find a "Gentle Intro to XML" or "A Complete Idiot's Guide to DTD Writing", but
> so far, no success. Any recommendations from the list would be great.

Without wishing to sound like a broken record, I think that SGML publications are
the place to start. I personally believe that for better or for worse, an good
grounding in SGML gives you a very different perspective of XML. The XML standard
was purposefully kept brief, in keeping with the intended spirit of
implementations. This is a sensible and realistic approach, though it may leave
you feeling as though you're eating soup with a fork. :-)

> So, is it acceptable to post here asking for clarifications on these matters?
> I've read the spec, read the FAQ, I'm still somewhat lost on these things (but
> learning!).

It's difficult to say that this isn't the appropriate place, as even now there
are legitimate (albeit infrequent) points raised about one aspect or another of
XML, but if you strongly suspect that your question may be the result of your
lack of understanding rather than a technical hitch, you would probably be better
off either researching it further or taking it to comp.text.sgml.


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