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At this point, you may be wondering how you might be able to use XML in your work as a Web content developer. XML's best and highest use is for the creation of specialized markup languages. Therefore, if you want to determine how you can use XML, think about the content you are publishing and what special needs you have based on the nature of the content. Perhaps your content is related to a specific scientific discipline, or your documents may have an unusual structure to them. You can capture these characteristics by using XML to define a customized markup language that supports them. If you take it a step further and develop a DTD for your XML application, you open the possibilities of making your documents more easily formatted and searched. This is because the applications that perform these tasks can use the DTD to teach themselves the rules you create for marking up the content.

Despite XML's newness, it is already being used by some companies as the foundation for specialized markup languages. Some of these applications include


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