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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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XML: The Lingua Franca of Web Services

XML is a standard for data mark-up backed by the World Wide Web Consortium, which has been branded “the universal format for structured documents and data on the Web.”[1] The entire XML suite of standards, models, and processing technologies have been under development since 1998 with the initial XML specification, and has since been augmented by several additional supporting standards and notes that have brought XML to its current rich state. In fact, though XML is undeniably a richly specified technology, it has retained its simplicity and the entire XML platform can be profiled as follows:[2]

[1] From the W3C Web Site at http://www.w3c.org/XML/

[2] These (fewer than 10) points are based on the W3C's “XML ...

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