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The Man From IDIOT - XML

Now that you know the basics, this article explains how to use XML's more advanced constructs to author complex XML documents. Entities, namespaces, CDATA blocks, processing instructions - they're all in here, together with aliens, idiots, secret agents and buried treasure.

  1. XML Basics (part 2)
  2. Splitting Up
  3. Eating Humble PI
  4. XML And Alcohol
  5. The Name Game
  6. An Entity In The Attic
  7. Digging For Treasure
  8. The Man From IDIOT
  9. Endgame
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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July 28, 2001

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Like HTML and most programming languages, XML also allows you to place comments within an XML document. A comment is simply an explanatory statement in plain English, intended to help others to understand and read your document. Comments are ignored by the parser, and are meant only for readability purposes - it's good programming practice to use them in your code.

Comments may appear anywhere within an XML document, and are similar to those used in HTML - a text string enclosed between <!-- and --> markers. Here's an example:

<?xml version="1.0"?> <report> <headline>Alien Life On Earth, Says IDIOT Official</headline> <date> July 23, 2001</date> <place>Alaska</place> <reporter>Joe Cool</reporter> <body> <!-- who says you can't fool all of the people all of the time --> In a not-unexpected turn of events, an IDIOT (I Doubt It's Out There) official today confirmed reports of alien sightings in Area -10, the coldest part of Northern Alaska, and again called on Pentagon officials to either confirm or deny that the sightings were part of a decade-long government project to breed alien lifeforms on Earth. IDIOT also claims to have a map displaying the exact location of the alien "farm", and states that it will be released to the press within the next forty-eight hours. However, posing as an IDIOT, this intrepid reporter has successfully obtained a copy of said map, reproduced below: <!-- thanks, Mom --> <map> </map> </body> </report>

This article copyright Melonfire 2001. All rights reserved.

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