dictionary.xml - A Simple XML Sample File

This section provides a tutorial example of a simple XML sample file with two repeating elements in the root element.

Here is a simple XML sample file that represents a glossary with only two words defined:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- dictionary.xml
 - Copyright (c) 2014, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
-->
<dictionary>
 <word acronym="true">
  <name>XML</name>
  <definition reference="Herong&apos;s Notes">eXtensible Markup 
Language.</definition>
  <update date="2002-12-23"/>
 </word>
 <word symbol="true">
  <name>&lt;/name>
  <definition>Mathematical symbol representing the "less than" logical 
operation, like: 1&lt;2.</definition>
  <definition>Reserved symbol in XML to representing the beginning of 
tags, like: <![CDATA[<p>Hello world!</p>]]>
  </definition>
 </word>
</dictionary>

Note that:

Since XML file don't care about how the tags should be named and what information they should be carrying, we can re-organize the same information in many ways. For example:

The choice is total up to the providers and consumers of the information to define an agreed structure.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of XML (eXtensible Markup Language)

XML File Syntax

 Types of Information in XML Files

 XML File Syntax Rules

 The <?xml ...?> Processing Instruction

dictionary.xml - A Simple XML Sample File

 XML File Browsers

 DOM (Document Object Model) Programming Interface

 SAX (Simple API for XML) Programming Interface

 DTD (Document Type Definition) Introduction

 Syntaxes of DTD Statements

 Validating an XML Document against the Specified DTD Document Type

 XSD (XML Schema Definition) Introduction

 Syntaxes of XSD Statements

 Validating XML Documents Against Specified XML Schemas

 XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) Introduction

 XSLT (XSL Transformations) Introduction

 Java Implementation of XSLT

 XPath (XML Path) Language

 XSLT Elements as Programming Statements

 Control and Generate XML Element in the Result

 XML Notepad - XML Editor

 XML Tools Plugin for Notepad++

 XML 1.1 Changes and Parsing Examples

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version