Safe Net in XML

Dear Experts!

Sorry to bother you again, in MS access we have a safe net called Optional Explicit , this helps us to ensure that the code we write is correct , now what about XML do we have any and how do we end statements like below:

<customUI xmlns="">

foe example I want to add 10 tabs, 10 groups  and 10 controls , how do I end the statements . By the way is it true that if we store the XML statements in a table , then each statement like the one above will look like below:

PK                        RibbonName                XmlRibbon
1                          MyTab                            <customUI xmlns="">
2                          Mytab                             </customUI>


Kindly assist


Hankwembo Christopher,FCCA,FZICA,CIA,MAAT,B.A.ScDirectorAsked:
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
XML per se must be well-formed.  Well-formed mean the document is syntactically correct. You normally check this before processing XML in DOM mode or on the fly in stream mode. When it is not well-formed, processing stops and no data is used. The creator/source of the XML is responsible for well-formed XML.

Then there is also XML schema. A XML schema defines the structure and occurences of elements and data types. You use it to validate a well-formed XML file. When XML schema validation fails, the same from above applies: no further processing.

This means: Your table from above is nonsense, cause you would store invalid XML fragments per row. USysRibbons takes entire ribbon declarations, not fragments.

Further more, as it is about ribbons: See Ribbons for Access. Gunter's site is the best compendium and comes with some code samples and a practical ribbon builder.

But your implicit question answered: You would create and manipulate the UI XML in an appropriate XML editor. Many of them support XML validation for well-formed-ness and schema validation. You than only store a valid UI XML in the USysRibbons table.
Hankwembo Christopher,FCCA,FZICA,CIA,MAAT,B.A.ScDirectorAuthor Commented:
Ok well said

Does this syntax go in one raw in a system table????????

PK                        RibbonName                XmlRibbon
1                          MyTab                            <customUI xmlns=""> <ribbon startFromScratch="true"/></customUI>

Or two rows in a system table ???????????????

PK                        RibbonName                XmlRibbon
1                          MyTab                            <customUI xmlns="">
2                          Mytab                             </customUI>
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
USysRibbons takes entire ribbon declarations, not fragments.
has already answered this.

USysRibbons is a table. Tables in a RDBMS take one row per entity.
Fabrice LambertConsultingCommented:
The whole XML describing one ribbon goes in a single record in the USysRibbons table.
Splitting it over several records is a non-sens.

On the other hand, you can have multiple ribbons saved in the table.

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Hankwembo Christopher,FCCA,FZICA,CIA,MAAT,B.A.ScDirectorAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much you have lifted my day !
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