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Chapter 37. Toward XML > Making All Things Possible with XML

Making All Things Possible with XML

The Internet community is pouring an enormous amount of energy, money, and effort into developing an extensive suite of related standards centered around XML, Extensible Markup Language the next generation of document delivery methods on the Web. In 1999 alone, more standards and drafts, almost all XML-related, had been delivered or proposed than in the history of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) the body responsible for Web standards. In 2000, several dozen more XML-related standards have be delivered, doubling the number of W3C standards and extending the cohesive power of XML into all corners of the Worldwide Web.

XML and its related standards allow you to replace or extend proprietary tagging systems, such as Allaire's Cold Fusion and Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP), with platform- independent languages that fit the problem space of your page precisely. Instead of (or in addition to) inserting special tags or comments explaining what a particular field means, the field itself can be made meaningful to both applications and human readers. So an annotated price list in HTML that might look like this:


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