Basic Question on Creating XML documents


I am learning XML technology. I have a question on creating an XML document 
that conforms to a DTD/XSD.

While there is a function that I can call to make sure that the XML document 
is valid, I would like to know how I can create it.

Do I have to understand the DTD/XSD and code my module so that the XML 
document is valid? Or, are there tools available to do this? What if the data 
is in SQL Server but I have to create an XML rendition of the data that 
conforms to a DTD/XSD?



vvenk (1)
8/16/2005 10:15:02 PM
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vvenk wrote:

> Hello:
> I am learning XML technology. I have a question on creating an XML
> document that conforms to a DTD/XSD.
> While there is a function that I can call to make sure that the XML
> document is valid, I would like to know how I can create it.
> Do I have to understand the DTD/XSD and code my module so that the XML
> document is valid? 


> Or, are there tools available to do this?  

Yes, any good XML editor can read a DTD or Schema and let you create
a valid initial document by hand to get started with. That will help
you understand the data structure, so then coding will be much easier.

> What if the 
> data is in SQL Server but I have to create an XML rendition of the data
> that conforms to a DTD/XSD?

You need to understand the data structure of the database *and* the target 
DTD/XSD first, then you will see more clearly what mapping you need. 
Beware: there is rarely a perfect 1:1 mapping :-)


10/2/2005 8:22:12 PM

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