An element is a tag that is a container for subelements and attributes. For example, the object element contains defining information for the instance you are adding into the repository.
The root element, <icim>, is shown as the opening and closing tags for the entire file. For example, the ICIM/XML DTD allows you to import and export object, relationship, and attribute elements:
<!ELEMENT object ( attribute | relationship )* > <!ELEMENT relationship ( object )* > <!ELEMENT attribute ( char | string | int | unsignedint | short | unsignedshort | long | unsignedlong | boolean | struct | float | double )* >