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Computer Bits: XML -- The new language of the Web

Apr 24, 1999, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Fitzgerald)

"Just hang with me for a few pages and, soon enough, you'll be able to put XML in your hip pocket..."

"If you know something about Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), then you've already got a foothold on XML..."

"XML is different from HTML because it's, well, extensible. That means that, while HTML has a fixed set of tags, you can create your own tag set with XML. That's right, you don't have to wait around for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML committee to finish haggling about the next version of HTML. You can write your own markup language and pretty much make it do what you want..."

"Enough history. Let's move on to what XML can do. XML, by the way, isn't really a markup language in and of itself. It's better described as a set of rules for creating markup languages. Armed with this knowledge, you are ready to create a little markup language of your own..."

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