Jesse Tie Ten Quee highos at highos.com
Thu Oct 5 07:11:03 PDT 2000


Ohuh.. i knew i should have read this O'Reilly XML Pocket Reference when
i first picked it up.

Anyways, only read the first couple of pages but i think a few ppl would
find some of this stuff interesting...

Put, succintly, XML is a meta-language that allwos you to create anf
format your own document markups.  With HTML, existing markup is static:
<HEAD> and <BODY>, for example, are tighly integrated into the HTNL
standard and cannot be changed or extended.  XML, on the other hand,
allows you to create your own markup tags and configure each to your
liking: for example, <HeadingA>, <Sidebar>, <Quote> or <ReallyWildFont>.
Each of these elements can be defined though your own document type
definitions and stylesheets and applied to one or more XML documents.
Thus, it is important to realize that there are no "correct" tags for an
XML document, except those you define yourself.

So... perhaps we are going about this all wrong (i remenber Bryan
mentioning DTD (Document Type Definitions) to Gerard the other day)

Would bring and interesting swing, Eh?

Few other things to note;

<Picture src="blueball.gif" />
<Picture src="blueball.gif"></Picture>

Are the same..

An element must _always_ have a single or double quotation marks when it
comes to elements (aka <Picture src=blueball.gif /> is EVIL! and
<Picture src="blueball.gif" /> is g00d)

Document Type Definition
    This file specifies rules for how the XML document elements,
    attributes, and other data are defined and logically related in an
    XML-compliat document.

*whitles* Does anyone notice what i'm trying to say?

Anyways, even though i've been up 18 hours i want to finish this little
Pocket Reference, laters...

Jesse Tie Ten Quee - highos at highos dot com

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