Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
With so many vendors promoting XML as the standard integration mechanism—the common data exchange format that everyone can agree upon—any discussion of EAI deserves a discussion of XML. However, while the coupling of XML with EAI exists, it is a tenuous coupling. Still, it is relevant enough to warrant devoting an entire chapter to it and its value within a typical EAI problem domain.
From the outset, it is important to remember that XML is in a state of flux. For more detailed and more current information (mostly pertaining to XML's application to the Web), see http://www.w3c.org/xml. The site lists ...