Web Desgin/Graphics Design

XML is a markup language. The mighty ones who created this acronym cheated a little, as XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. XML was released in the late 90's and has since received a great amount of hype.

XML is nothing by itself. XML is more of a "common ground" standard. The main benefit of XML is that you can use it to take data from a program like MSSQL (Microsoft SQL), convert it into XML, then share that XML with a slough of other programs and platforms. Each of these receiving platforms can then convert the XML into a structure the platform uses normally. Thus, with the help of XML we have just communicated between two platforms which are potentially very different!

Advantages of XML :

»  Cell Phones -XML data is sent to some cell phones. The data is then formatted by the specification of
    the cell phone software designer to display text or images, and even to play sounds.

»  File Converters -Many applications have been written to convert existing documents into the XML
    standard. An example is a PDF to XML converter.

»  VoiceXML - Converts XML documents into an audio format so that you can listen to an XML document.