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Using CVS to maintain XML

From: Wayne Johnson
Subject: Using CVS to maintain XML
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 13:58:25 -0800 (PST)

We're using InstallAnywhere5.  One of the features of IA5 is that the
builder control file is in XML.  We were sort of hoping that we could use
CVS to manage these files.  It works fine until we attempt merges.  

The problem is that in order for CVS to properly merge the file, there
needs to be some structure to the file.  In most source, this is simply
due to the fact that programmers just don't go moving functions around. 
In XML, you can rearrange the contents of an XML object without affecting
the meaning.  

My idea is to sort the IA5 XML before doing any CVS commands on it, thus
brining order to the chaos.

Anyone know a good way to manage XML in CVS?  Is there a program that
will sort an XML file?  To make sure that similar tags always appear in
the same order?  Am I just dreaming?

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