Every CDA document is an XML document, so understanding basic XML syntax is a pre-requisite for CDA (and, by extension, C-CDA) work.

Various introductory XML tutorials are available on the Internet, such as this one from w3schools.com.

For CDA work, in addition to basic familiarity with XML elements and attributes, it’s helpful to understand XML namespaces and to be familiar with basic XML-related technologies such as XML Schema (XSD), XML Stylesheets (XSL), and XPath notation.

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