node vs. element

Subject: node vs. element
From: Ian Ferguson <IanFe -at- Attachmate -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 12:34:08 -0700


I'm writing developer documentation, annotating a sample XSLT file. I want
to refer to what the XML spec calls elements, but my SME calls nodes. After
reviewing several sources, I've found that much XSL documentation uses these
terms in a way that appears random. In a single document, I'll see "nodes,"
"elements," and "element nodes." In addition, the "root" is sometimes called
the root, root node, or root element.

Here's one example of what I'm talking about:

Here are my questions:
1. Should I use one term or the other or both?
2. Does it matter at all (will my audience notice or care)?
3. Can someone explain the difference between these terms in this context in
a way that addresses question #2?

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Ian Ferguson
Technical Writer, Attachmate Corp.
ianfe -at- attachmate -dot- com

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