The children element helps to describe the data and give it structure. If
you have the Children element you can start to say things like "I know where
all of the Child elements are"

But really with XML the rules and structure of the data are in your hands,
the best tip I can give is to always have XSD Schema's that you can validate
your xml files against. As rules and structure in XML make processing it
more robust.

Neill
-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of David FOXWELL
Sent: 09 March 2010 17:13
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: [WEB400] Basic question on XML structure

Hi all,

A little inexperienced in xml here.

Compare these 2 structures :

<client>
<name>bill</name>
<children>
<child>
<name>jon</name>
</child>
<child>
<name>joe</name>
</child>
</children>
</client>

<client>
<name>bill</name>
<child>
<name>jon</name>
</child>
<child>
<name>joe</name>
</child>
</client>

Are there any advantages or disadvantages to using or not using the element
<children>?

We do not use attributes.


Thanks.


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