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Re: XML 1.0 - Element order significance

  • From: David Carlisle <davidc@n...>
  • To: jborden@m...
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 15:59:30 +0000 (GMT)

xml element order of appearance

> Attributes are ordered, its just that the order is not significant. The
> order of elements in an XML document, as determined by XML syntax, is called
> "document order". One can have other types of orders such as alphabetical
> and numerical, but document order is determined solely by XML syntax.

Although one needs to beware that that definition of "document order",
whilst being consistent, is not the same as the definition of the order
known as "document order" in XPath and XSLT, in which the order of
attribute nodes is explicitly not required to be the same as the order
of their appearance in the linear syntax in an input file.

Also the above definition doesn't naturally give an order to attributes
which are defaulted from the DTD.



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