A philosophical approach to XML

Technical communication colleagues:

As a result of my xml studies, I’ve come up with the following philosophical outline for a successful documentation approach:

  1. Point to Document Type Definitions (DTDs) or xml schema files to ensure that documents are valid and well formed with the proper syntax.
  2. Create a controlled vocabulary and library of xml elements to support a structured documentation approach.
  3. Use name spaces to prevent tags with the same names but different meanings from colliding with one another.
  4. Define attributes to provide guidance on what must go into every element and what cannot be included.
  5. Write comments to describe the logic behind building the structured documentation approach.
  6. Standardize xml documentation with processing instructions and declarations.
  7. Build general entity references to modularize xml documentation.

Any additional thoughts or advice?


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