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Advice needed on what constitures valid XML

Advice needed on what constitures valid XML


I am trying to use XML to update a SQL server database from XML in files. The handling of the files and preparing an XML document in SQL server is carried out by a fairly old program that seems to be having trouble with the file.

What I need to know is, what it is reasonable to expect in the way the file is presented. I don't have control over the file, and I would prefer not to have to amend the program that loads the files.

The files seem to have each element on its own line as in:

<FIELD1>Field one value<\FIELD1>

Is this reasonable or should the entire document be on a single line in the file?

Also, is it valid to have multiple XML "datasets" in the same file?

If it is valid, how do I know when one set ends and the next starts? Do I need the program to parse the XML to look for a second <HEADER> entry?

Many thanks for any advice or opinions on this.



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