Chapter 2. XML concepts for Office users Introductory Discussion

  • What is XML, really?

  • Four principles of generalized markup

  • Abstraction vs. rendition

  • Elements and attributes

  • XML and the Web

Virtually every influential company in the software industry is promoting XML as the next step in the Web’s evolution. Why? Because it enables information sharing, and that is the key to electronic commerce, application integration, and many other desirable things.

And now Microsoft has bet the future of the world’s most successful office suite on XML. How can these companies be so confident about something so new? More important: how can you be sure that your time invested in learning and using XML will be profitable?

We can all safely bet on XML because its technology ...

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