An Online Tutorial Guide to XML

Introduction to XML

XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. XML can be used by anyone who is desirous of using web technologies to distribute information across the Internet or the intranet.

What is XML?

If you are familiar with HTML then XML is another form of formatting a document with a web browser. XML is an powerful and effective tool for processing the contents of a document. In other words XML allows you to create your own tags. XML is a very simple and flexible markup language that can be used on any operating system or environment.

XML is also platform independent that is XML can run on any operating system. XML is a better form of describing the contents of a document to the user. XML allows the exchange of data on the web more easily and efficiently. XML does this by allowing the users to develop their own (DTD’s)

DTD’s are used for describing sets of tags and attributes to display the content in a desired format. XML vocabularies or applications are called as the individual markup language that is defined using DTD’s.

Genealogical Markup Language (GedML) and the Chemical Markup Language (CML) are the examples of XML vocabularies. GedML describe ancestral data and CML describes chemical formulas and molecules. XML is an extensive language that is not only used for describing data but is also used for describing metadata. Metadata means data about data. In a nutshell, XML is an effective method of describing data and Metadata that is platform independent and that it can be used on all operating systems.

XML is a subset of SGML. Its aim is to provide generic SGML to be served, received and processed on the web. XML has been designed for the interoperability with both SGML and HTML.

XML documents are made up of entities that are called as storage units. Some of them are parsed data and the others are unparsed data. XML enables a mechanism to provide constraints on the storage layout.

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