The plugin type xhtml-macro was introduced with Confluence 4 as replacement for the old macro type. I can not tell you the exact difference between them, but if I remember correctly the most important difference is the support for the new xhtml macro code instead of wiki markup and the support for confluence mobile.
If you want to develop a plugin for Confluence 4 or above i would suggest, only to use xhtml-macro. Only if you want to support older Confluence versions the old macro type would be appropiate
You're right. I found also this explanation when I searched tutorials (about macro). And I found a tutorial for confluence 4 with <macro> and another with <xhtml-macro>. So I made the same observation but I was not sure. So now, you confirm my opinion, thank you so much !
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