Yes, it is important to maintain a valid XML file at all times, or your skin will not work. By valid, I mean, for every opening tag there must be a corresponding closing tag.
So if you remove a "<Element ..>" tag, you must also remove the corresponding "</Element>" tag, or the XML file will no longer be valid. Likewise, if you remove a "</Element>" tag, you must also remove the corresponding "<Element>" tag.
(Note that in the case of an "<Element ... />" tag, there is no closing tag, because the "/" takes the place of the closing tag.)
Last edited by Thurallor : 09-23-2015 at 12:53 PM.