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Formatting XML child parent structure

Posted on 2015-02-12
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I am trying to figure out how to structure my xml document to show
a state as a parent and the counties of that state as its children.
I  have attached a copy of the file.  Am I doing this correctly?
countystates.xml
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Question by:cookiejar
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by:Mark Bullock
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Move the following to the line after the last county in your state:  </state>

The idea is that the county tags are in between the opening state tag <state ...> and the closing state tag </state>
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by:cookiejar
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Just to see if I understood.  Is the following correct?  I want to add other states as well with their counties.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<statecounty>

      <state weather="rainy">Washington      
            <county>
              <name>Franklin County</name>
              <countyseat>Pasco</countyseat>
              <established>1883</established>
              <origin>Whitman County</origin>
              <population>17,863</population>
            </county>                        
      </state>
     
       <state weather="sunny">California      
            <county>
              name>Los Angeles</name>
              <countyseat>Los Angeles</countyseat>
              <established>1850</established>
              <origin>Los Angeles</origin>
              <population>10,017,068</population>            
             </county>                        
      </state>
      
</statecounty>
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by:Mark Bullock
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Yes that is valid XML.
You can open your .xml file in Chrome or Firefox (and maybe Internet Explorer) and it will show you a nice indented view if your syntax is correct.
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mccarl earned 500 total points
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I would also move the name of the sate into either it's own element or an attribute of the state element, such as...

<state weather="sunny">
  <name>California</name>
  <county>
  ...
  </county>
</state>

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...or...
<state weather="sunny" name="California">
  <county>
  ...
  </county>
</state>

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