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Why Display XML?

Chapter 10, "Introducing XML," made the point that XML is fundamentally a mechanism for computers to share information, rather than a means for human beings to view the information contained in XML documents. This chapter looks at issues relating to displaying or presenting XML or XML-based information to human readers.

It would be shortsighted not to realize that human beings need to view the information contained in XML documents. But do you need to see the XML itself—in all the chunkiness of angled brackets (as shown previously in Figure 10.1)—or is it just as good to see some form of report derived from it?


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