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where to learn good XML "style"?

This question may be a little ambiguous but I'm not exactly sure what I'm
asking for (but I'll know it when I see it. :)

I've been tasked to write the SDK interface for our product line and I've
chosen to use XML using POSTs to a server as the interface. Before I draw
this up (which will be used for years to come, no doubt) is there something
I should read about XML "style" or "best practices" in this regard? I'm not
looking for a newbie's guide to XML - I'm a developer and have used it in
many projects. But I'm looking for more of a usability guide or a "don't
make these mistakes" with an eye toward integratability and future
enhancement.

As a specific example of what I'm looking for, someone on this newsgroup not
too long ago made a strong case for using ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD
date formats in XML data. I would have certainly never known that this was
the "best practice" had I not seen it on this group. THAT's the kind of
things I'm looking for.

Any suggestions?

Thanks very much,
Chris

Sep 28 '05 #1
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I have no clue about that specific example, but I hope this link is
somewhat useful to you:
http://www.xmlpatterns.com/

Sep 28 '05 #2
On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:00:06 GMT, "Chris" <no****@myhouse.com> wrote:
Before I draw
this up (which will be used for years to come, no doubt) is there something
I should read about XML "style" or "best practices" in this regard?


You may also want to take a look at "Effective XML" by Elliotte Rusty
Harold, published by Addison-Wesley. I've found it useful in writing
XML DTDs and Schemas.

--
"One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit."
-Harry G. Frankfurt
Sep 29 '05 #3
Thank you both for the suggestions.
Chris
"Chris" <no****@myhouse.com> wrote in message
news:a2******************@tornado.texas.rr.com...
This question may be a little ambiguous but I'm not exactly sure what I'm
asking for (but I'll know it when I see it. :)

I've been tasked to write the SDK interface for our product line and I've
chosen to use XML using POSTs to a server as the interface. Before I draw
this up (which will be used for years to come, no doubt) is there
something
I should read about XML "style" or "best practices" in this regard? I'm
not
looking for a newbie's guide to XML - I'm a developer and have used it in
many projects. But I'm looking for more of a usability guide or a "don't
make these mistakes" with an eye toward integratability and future
enhancement.

As a specific example of what I'm looking for, someone on this newsgroup
not
too long ago made a strong case for using ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD
date formats in XML data. I would have certainly never known that this
was
the "best practice" had I not seen it on this group. THAT's the kind of
things I'm looking for.

Any suggestions?

Thanks very much,
Chris

Sep 29 '05 #4

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