Re: Wikipedia on XML
The very first sentence now seems wrong: XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a general-purpose specification for creating custom markup languages XML is most definitely *not* a specification. It is a document format? defined by a specification, but the specification is not XML. However I'm not sure what to say it *is*. A language? A grammar? A document format? Perhaps we should just follow the XML spec spec: "The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a subset of SGML that is completely described in this document." Thus the first couple of paragraphs should be something like this: XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a subset of SGML that is described in a W3C Recommendation and used to create custom markup languages. Markup languages that adhere to the lexical grammar and parsing requirements in the XML specification are called XML applications. Within the constraints of the specification, a markup-language designer has significant freedom in naming and defining markup elements. XML has been used as the basis for a large number of custom-designed languages. Some of these, for example RSS, Atom, SVG, XSLT, and XHTML, have become widely used on the Internet. XML is also widely used as a file format for office-productivity software packages, including Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, and Apple's iWork. Many configuration languages are based on XML including Ant, Java Servlets, and ????. It is also commonly used to transfer machine readable data between partners with heterogeneous systems; for instance, Federal Express exchanges XML documents to coordinate shipments with customers. What do folks think? -- Elliotte Rusty Harold email@example.com
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