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Effective XML: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your XML by Elliotte Rusty Harold

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Introduction

As I stated in the preface, this is neither an introductory book nor an XML tutorial. I assume that you're familiar with the basic structure of an XML document as elements that contain text, that you know how to ask a parser to read an XML document in your language of choice, that you can attach a stylesheet to a document as necessary, and so forth.

However, I have noticed over the last few years that certain words and phrases have taken on a diverse set of meanings and are often used inconsistently. Sometimes this just confuses people, but occasionally it has led to serious process failures. Some of this has been caused by authors and trainers (embarrassingly, sometimes including the author of this book) who weren't sufficiently careful ...

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