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3.2.6 XML Type
The XMLTYPE data type is used to store XML data. Its advantage over storing XML data in a character field is that it checks the input values for well-formedness, and there are support functions to perform type-safe operations on it.
The XML type can store well-formed “documents”, as defined by the XML standard, as well as “content” fragments, which are defined by the production XMLDecl? content in the XML standard. Roughly, this means that content fragments can have more than one top-level element or character node.
Note: Oracle does not support the storage of content fragments in XMLTYPE columns.


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