O'Reilly logo

Sams Teach Yourself XML in 10 Minutes by Andrew H. Watt

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

XML Is a Meta Language

XML differs from markup languages such as HTML because XML can have any number of element type names that often are informally called tag names. This gives application languages that use XML syntax the functionality to represent data from any subject domain. Because all these XML application languages use the same syntax rules, those languages can be processed using a set of common core software tools that understand XML syntax rules, with custom tools being necessary for fewer aspects of processing. This makes possible efficiencies that facilitate data exchange between users and between applications.

A meta language can be thought of as a set of grammar rules. The application languages that follow the specified set of ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required