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XML interview question

 
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A few weeks ago during a job interview that didn't go well, I got a xml question. This is as close as I remember it, "what two things make an xml designated as an xml document?" I know that's not exactly what he said but it something like that. I interrupted it as what are the rules of xml to make it a well formed xml document like if it were a jsp. I said all elements had to be closed properly and that scripting elements should not be allowed. Declaring a namespace and access members from it was the procedure to bring in a dynamic element. That was a few weeks ago but does anyone else know what he meant by that question?

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An XML-based document has many characteristics, certainly more than two. See specifications for more information:

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/
 
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What did he mean? He probably wanted to find out what you knew about XML. (Of course it's impossible to comment on the actual question, since you don't remember it.)
 
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Maybe the XML declaration and the fact that it only has one root element.

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