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Microsoft® Office Word 2007 Step by Step by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert

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Creating an XML Document

As we mentioned earlier, basic Web pages are coded in HTML so that they can be displayed in a Web browser. HTML is a small, fixed subset of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), a comprehensive system for coding the structure of text documents and other forms of data so that they can be used in a variety of environments. Extensible Markup Language (XML) is another subset of SGML. However, instead of being fixed like HTML, XML can be customized (extended) to store data so that it can be used in many ways in many environments—for example, as text, in a database or spreadsheet, or as a Web page.

Creating sophisticated, multi-purpose XML files can involve highly technical processes that are designed by experienced systems ...

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