• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 12. Using XML with Flash > LEARNING XML BASICS

LEARNING XML BASICS

Although the name XML, or eXtensible Markup Language, sounds a bit cryptic, don’t worry: The language itself is actually quite easy to understand. In a nutshell, XML provides a way of formatting and structuring information so that receiving applications can easily interpret and use that data when it’s moved from place to place. Although you may not realize it, you already have plenty of experience structuring and organizing information. Consider, for example, the following.

If you wanted to write a letter to a friend, you would structure your thoughts (information) in a format you know your friend will recognize. Thus, you would begin by writing words on a piece of paper, starting in the upper left corner, breaking your thoughts into paragraphs, sentences, and words. You could, of course, use images to convey your thoughts, or write your words in circular fashion, but that would most likely just confuse your friend. By writing your letter in a format your friend is accustomed to, you can be confident your message will be conveyed—that is, you will have transferred your thoughts (data/information) to the letter’s recipient.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint