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

By Elliotte Rusty Harold

Written for builders acquainted with the fundamentals of XML, this advisor bargains 27 guidance for utilizing right XML syntax and buildings to enhance the maintainability and extensibility of XML files, then provides ten recommendations and APIs for processing XML with languages equivalent to C++, C#, Java, Python and Perl, and thirteen options for operating with structures equipped round XML records.

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Naturally, this recommendation does vary a little by language. If you're writing your markup in a language like Hebrew or Chinese that does not distinguish upper and lower case, you can pretty much ignore this entire item. If you're marking up in a language like German where the nouns are distinguished by capitalization, you might choose to capitalize only the nouns. However, in English and many other languages, camel case is the most appropriate choice. I do not have a strong opinion about whether the first letter of a camel-cased element or attribute name should be lower or upper case.

Indeed, if you try to pass something like <double>28657</double> into a method that expects to get plain text, it will actually save something like &lt;double&gt;28657&lt;/double&gt;. Part 1: Syntax 51 52 Part 1: Syntax Similarly, you cannot type 28657 into a user interface widget that creates text and expect it to create an element. If you try it, in the serialized document you will get something like <double>28657</double>. Instead, you should use the user interface widget or method call designed for creating a new element.

In general, the dependencies are limited and unidirectional. The modules depend on the framework and the document model, but not vice 50 Part 1: Syntax Part 1: Syntax 51 versa. This allows you to add and remove modules by adjusting the document model and the framework alone. You can change the individual parts of the module by redefining the various entities. Together with parameterization this makes the DTD extremely flexible. Not all DTDs require this level of customizability, but for those that do, modularization is extremely powerful.

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