Re: Wikipedia on XML
Robert Koberg schrieb: >> "Tag >> A markup construct that begins with < and ends with >. Tags come in >> three flavors: start tags, for example <section>, end tags, for >> example </section>, and empty-element tags, for example >> <line-break/>. >> >> Element >> A logical component of a document which either begins with a start >> tag and ends with an end tag, or consists only of an empty-element >> tag. Of course, this goes against what I've learnt on XSL-List. On the other hand, not every reader can be expected to come from XSL-List. Historically, XML is syntax first, data models (plural!) second. (Thanks for this insight, Ken!) > The only place a start or end tag comes into play is in a SAX style. Or in a text editor. > What benefit does defining start and end tags provide? I would say it > confuses most people, because most people come from the perspective of > working from a DOM or a transformation language when dealing with XML. I'd say most people, when first exposed to XML, tend to see a lot of angle brackets forming tags, rather than trees. So while it's easy for the expert to see the trees in the tag forests, the novice may have a different view and doesn't go straight to the arguably most common abstraction. I found the best simple explanation to be: XML is a labeled hierarchy. (Thanks again, Ken!) -- Michael Ludwig
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