Tech Write Tips

February 17, 2006

What is: XML

Filed under: Technology,What is — AndyR @ 1:25 pm

XML is essentially a name for any tag based data that adheres to specific rules about how the tags are used.

Generally, HTML doesn’t mind if you don’t always close tags and don’t have quotes around attributes, it cuts you some slack. This means it is not an example of XML. It gets away with this because most browser are tolerant of a variety of HTML tagging styles.

XHTML is HTML where all the rules are adhered to. Its good because it means your pages are always exactly defeined. This means that if you need to transform the page in the future you won’t run into problems with the fuzzyness of your tagging. It also means that you can draw on a raft of tools and technologies that have built up around XML, such as CSS, XSL and XPATH.

I also recoment the site. Its excellent for first principles and references.


  1. […] The technology we will be using are XML, XSL, XPATH and XML-FO. We have put together this little diagram to represent the process. In part 2 we will detail the steps in thisprocess. […]

    Pingback by Tech Write Tips » Best Pratice: Flare 3 - High Definition PDF Part 1 — July 19, 2006 @ 7:00 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing this information. Really is pack with new knowledge. Keep them coming.

    Comment by Land of Home Improvement — August 17, 2007 @ 7:24 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: