22. Working with XML Files

An Introduction to XML

If you’ve ever resorted to hair pulling because you couldn’t get the data you needed in a format that Access could understand, Extensible Markup Language (XML) might be for you. Technical gurus define XML as a platform-independent markup language for structured documents. That definition might not mean much to you, and because this is a chapter on automating the entire process anyway, we won’t discuss XML basics at great length. All you really need to know is that XML is a technology that makes sharing data easy, regardless of the data’s original format. If the application can export the data as an XML file, Access can ...

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