XML

XML stands for ’Extensible Markup Language’. It’s a system that uses tags to tell a computer what to do with the text. Unlike HTML, XML does not use predefined tags – instead tags are defined by the author for their specific needs.

XML content is distinct from how it is presented – meaning that information can be stored, searched for and shared in a standardized format across any system or platform.

XML contains machine-readable metadata, making it highly efficient for search engines and intelligent data mining.

Use cases 

  • Document publishing 
  • Technical communication 
  • Translation 
  • Localization 
  • eLearning
Key benefits
  • Simplifies data sharing and transportation 
  • Simplifies platform changes 
  • Simplifies data availability
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