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Flash XML Applications by Joachim Bernhard Schnier

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1XML Introduction

What Is XML?

XML stands for “eXtensible Markup Language”. In terms of a programming language the word “extensible” means that designers/developers can extend its capabilities. HTML is also a markup language, but it cannot be extended. This means that information is contained within tags. In HTML the tags are predefined and can be interpreted by a browser. The tags tell your browser to format objects such as text, images, and forms in a certain way. In contrast to HTML, however, XML does not have any structural information. This is a problem when it comes to displaying the information in a sensible way. Therefore, XML requires a parser to interpret the tags and display the data so that it makes sense. As an example, in HTML the ...

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