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Jonathan Hartwell, C# and XML Primer, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2595-0_1

1. Introduction to XML

Jonathan Hartwell

(1)Joliet, Illinois, USA

This chapter will cover the basics of XML and XPath. If you are already familiar with these topics, feel free to start at Chapter 2. Let’s begin with a simple question that does not have such a simple answer.

What Is XML?

XML is short for Extensible Markup Language, which describes a document. XML consists of many parts that have no definable structure other than the structure you give to it. XML can be whatever you want or whatever somebody else wants. So let’s dive into the basics. Note that this is not a comprehensive coverage of XML but gives just the basics that are needed to read, write, ...

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