What is XML for?

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Sun Jan 31 21:36:54 GMT 1999

Rick Jelliffe scripsit:

> XML lacks data attributes but compensates somewhat by
> forcing entity structure to be synchronous with element structure, so
> element's attributes can serve as data attributes (e.g., at the root
> element of an entity.)

This seems to be a common misconception.

External entities which are not document entities need only match
the production "content", so they can contain multiple roots or
none at all (they can consist solely of PIs, for example).  Synchronousness
only require that entities contain either all of an element/PI
or none.

John Cowan					cowan at ccil.org
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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