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Chapter 37. Toward XML > Defining the XML Document as a Whole

Defining the XML Document as a Whole

An XML document is a collection of entities, which can be either parsed or unparsed. Unparsed data is anything that the XML processor can't understand, binary data or data that is only meaningful to other applications. Parsed data is anything that XML can understand, either as characters or markup.

An XML document must be well-formed. In the W3C XML 1.0 Recommendation, quoted here precisely, this status is laconically described as meeting these requirements:


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