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Chapter 22. Working with XML Files > An Introduction to XML

An Introduction to XML

If you’ve ever resorted to hair pulling because you couldn’t get the data you needed in a format that Access could understand, Extensible Markup Language (XML) might be for you. Technical gurus define XML as a platform-independent markup language for structured documents. That definition might not mean much to you, and because this is a chapter on automating the entire process anyway, we won’t discuss XML basics at great length. All you really need to know is that XML is a technology that makes sharing data easy, regardless of the data’s original format. If the application can export the data as an XML file, Access can import it. XML takes the hair pulling out of data-sharing tasks.

Although XML has been around for a while, Access only began to support it in version 2002. Access 2003 supports the following XML file types:


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