SRO: Exposing XML Myths

“In your rush toward buzzword compliance, it’s easy to pick
up the wrong ideas about XML. We’ll straighten it all out for

“Extensible Markup Language (XML) is like Silly Putty. Because
it reflects and extends whatever it touches, it’s easy to get the
wrong picture about the underlying substance. Is XML a Web content
management tool or a replacement for electronic document
interchange? Is it a floor wax or a dessert topping? For newbies,
it’s hard to tell.”

“Because of its extensibility, and a human tendency to
“complexify” powerful, simple concepts, XML has been surrounded by
misconceptions, making it difficult to get an accurate view of the
technology. Before you can grasp what XML is, you first must
understand what it isn’t. In this article, we’ll clarify XML’s role
by debunking a few of its most common myths.”


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