Reliable endpoints for XML docs (and doclets)

Tom Bannon bannon at
Thu Mar 5 17:18:36 GMT 1998

Hello all,

Perhaps I've missed something, but I don't see that the start 
and end points of XML documents are well defined, ie. something 
like <xml> and </xml>, akin to HTML's <html> and </html>.  As XML 
is rightly obsessed with the start and end of everything else, 
I find this mystifying.  How am I to embed XML in other data
(such as HTML, but certainly not limited to it) without such 
markers (other than hacking my own)?  An important feature of 
such markers is that they can be located without having to be 
able to interpret any of the content between them.  Implicitly 
defining the beginning and end of an XML document as [bof] and 
[eof] appears shortsighted, if that is the case.  Can you set me
straight on this?


bannon at

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