See how XML works for business needs and RSS feeds
Create consistency on the Web, or tag your data for different purposes
Tag -- XML is it! XML tags let you share your format as well as your data, and this handy guide will show you how. You'll soon be using this markup language to create everything from Web sites to business forms, discovering schemas and DOCTYPES, wandering the Xpath, teaming up XML with Office 2003, and more.
Discover how to
* Make information portable
* Use XML with Word 2003
* Store different types of data
* Convert HTML documents to XHTML
* Add CSS to XML
* Understand and use DTDs
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XML For Dummies
Chapter OneGetting to Know XML
In This Chapter
* Introducing XML
* Examining the many uses of XML
* Deciphering what XML is and what XML isn't
* Building an XML document
Have you ever needed a document format that you could use to exchange data - either across the Internet or across an intranet? Well, eXtensible Markup Language (XML) may be just the solution. In fact, many different industries have discovered the wonders of XML - and use it extensively to help organize and classify their data.
XML is a markup language - it uses tags to label, categorize, and organize information in a specific way. Markup describes document or data structure and organization. Content, such as text, images, and data, is that part of the code that the markup tags contain; it's also what's of greatest interest to most everyday humans who read or interact with data or documents. XML isn't limited to a particular set of markup - you create your own markup to suit your data and document needs. The flexibility of XML has led to its widespread use for exchanging data in a multitude of forms.
And that's not all! With XML, you can send the same information to various locations - say, to a person using a mobile phone and a person using a Web browser - at the same time. In addition, you can customize the information sent out so it's displayed appropriately on the various devices.
Getting started with XML isn't difficult. Just check out this chapter, and you'll get the skinny on what markup languages are, what XML is, and what you can use XML to do.
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