Remove annotation- (or other own-lined) tags from an XML document

awk "/<xsd:annotation>/{h=1};!h;/<\/xsd:annotation>/{h=0}" annotatedSchema.xsd
Removes all lines between the lines containing "" and "", including these lines itself Backdrop: Sometimes when working with XML files without an graphical editor, large comment-/annotation-blocks taper the readability to walk through the file. I like to create a copy of such documents without these annotations. As the documentation itself is in documentation tags inside the annotation tags an therefore graphical editors tend to put the annotation tags in their own lines, this command removes all documentations within annotation-tags.
Sample Output
transforms:

<xsd:attribute name="version" type="xsd:string" use="required" fixed="1.0">
    <xsd:annotation>
        <xsd:documentation>This attribute denotes the version number ot the utilized XML-schema.</xsd:documentation>
    </xsd:annotation>
</xsd:attribute>

into:

<xsd:attribute name="version" type="xsd:string" use="required" fixed="1.0">
</xsd:attribute>

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By: 2chg
2011-07-15 07:17:17

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What Others Think

Very nice. Unfortunately, your description got a bit mangled by the site (it doesn't cope well with less-than and greater-than).
flatcap · 361 weeks and 4 days ago

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