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Chapter 8. Mastering Metadata: The Smart... > What Is XMP, and Why Should I Care?

What Is XMP, and Why Should I Care?

XMP is an Adobe initiative to promote a standard for metadata, but it’s not a proprietary initiative. Instead, it’s an open standard, it’s documented, it’s extensible, and it’s even somewhat readable by humans. It is, in fact, a subset of XML (Extensible Markup Language), which is turn a subset of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language), the international standard metalanguage for text markup systems recorded in ISO 8879.

If you want to delve deeply into XMP, I suggest you start by looking at the available documentation. You can find several useful documents, including one on building custom File Info panels, at www.adobe.com:80/products/xmp/main.html.


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