XML: The Next(ish) Big(gish) Thing

by Jon Jermey. First published in Online Currents – Vol.16 Issue 9, November 2001

XML is a language related to HTML that allows material to be marked up semantically rather than for its desired appearance or role in a document. XML provides an open standard for compiling and accessing diverse data collections on a world-wide basis. Explicit specifications can be provided to control and validate XML data structures. XML also includes tools for converting between different sets of specifications. read more