XML for Future-proofing your Web Site

XML is a hot topic for future-proofing your Website. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language.

XML is plain text information. This means that you can create XML documents with any text editor. However, XML has lots of rules and is easier to read and validate if the editor color codes the XML.

XML is similar to HTML, except that XML is strict about all tags. HTML is lax and sloppy, and sloppy HTML code can display OK in many browsers.

But, XML is strict, and the same sloppy kinds of errors in HTML code will produce errors in XML.

HTML is tag driven. This means that only certain, specific tags are allowed. You cannot create your own HTML tags.

XML is self-referring. This means that you can create your own tags. XML is extensible. This also means that you can expand tags to anything that you want.

The catch is that unless you follow XML's really tight rules, you won't be able to do anything with your document, and you won't be able to read your document with a Web browser.

XHTML is a hybrid. XHTML is really a HTML document that follows the specific rules for XML tags very strictly.

Link to the rules of XML Tags.

Link to XMLfiles™ Website. (Opens is separate window

Here are links to the XML editors on this site.

Links to information about other Technologies on this site.