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18. XML > XML Overview

XML Overview

If you’re not already familiar with working with XML, you may find all of the acronyms a bit confusing at first. However, XML syntax itself is fairly easy to understand.

The XML file

The first line of an XML file is the XML declaration, which specifies that the file is an XML document, that it conforms to the XML version 1.0 specification, and that it uses the UTF-8 character set. Most XML documents have this declaration, but Access is also capable of importing XML documents that do not:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

The body of the XML file consists of tags similar to the tags used in HTML. Start tags begin with open angle brackets and end with closing angle brackets:

<Car>

End tags begin with an open angle bracket and a slash, and end with a closing angle bracket:


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