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Chapter 16. XML Documents > XML in 10 Points

XML in 10 Points

1. XML is for structuring Data

Structured data includes things like spreadsheets, address books, configuration parameters, financial transactions, and technical drawings. XML is a set of rules (you may also think of them as guidelines or conventions) for designing text formats that let you structure your data. XML is not a programming language, and you don’t have to be a programmer to use it or learn it. XML makes it easy for a computer to generate data, read data, and ensure that the data structure is unambiguous. XML avoids common pitfalls in language design: It is extensible, platform-independent, and it supports internationalization and localization. XML is fully Unicode-compliant.


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