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Chapter 10. XHTML as the Bridge to XML > The Concept of Well-Formedness

The Concept of Well-Formedness

Well-formedness sounds very stiff, and perhaps even a little mysterious. In practice, it's a very simple concept to implement; you simply have to be complete when writing your documents.

The formal definition of well-formedness, as used by the W3C, can be found in the XML 1.0 Recommendation at http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210#sec-well-formed. It's a bit of a circular definition, saying that a well-formed document must:


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