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The XML Mystique

The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is one of those languages that you hear a lot about, and generally in the superlative, but not too many people are exactly sure what it is. At this point in time, both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer are on the verge of fully connecting JavaScript and XML using the W3C Document Object Model (DOM). Because the HTML, JavaScript, and XML DOMs are beginning to form around the same object model, you can better understand where JavaScript and HTML are headed by understanding XML.

Microsoft has provided one way of examining XML documents with IE5+ using platform-specific keywords on Windows platforms. As both NN6 and IE6 mature, working with XML will not require a separate module to load XML. So, even though limited to the Windows platform and IE5+ browser, you can see how JavaScript can be used to pull data out of an XML file and display it on the screen.


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