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Ajax Starter Kit by Phil Ballard

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6. A Brief Introduction to XML

The “x” of Ajax stands for XML, a powerful markup language that can allow your Ajax applications to transfer and process complex, structured information. This lesson discusses the basics of creating and using XML documents.

Introducing XML

Anyone who has carried out any HTML markup will already be somewhat familiar with the nature of XML code. XML (eXtensible Markup Language) has many similarities in markup style to HTML.

However, whereas HTML is intended to determine how web pages are displayed, XML has a rather more wide-ranging use. XML documents can be used in all manner of data storage and data exchange applications ranging from document storage and retrieval to roles traditionally fulfilled by database programs. ...

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