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While I was doing a research for my new XML project, I have come up with a list of Free XML Tutorials. I will make a list of the Free XML Tutorials, so if somebody needs those, it would be a clean list of valuable XML Tutorials sites.


I will add more Free XML Tutorials, and also I will create a list of Free XSL Tutorials. Please send me your Free XML XSL Tutorials to be added on this list.

What is XML ?:

XML is the Extensible Markup Language. It is designed to improve the functionality of the Web by providing more flexible and adaptable information identification.

It is called extensible because it is not a fixed format like HTML (a single, predefined markup language). Instead, XML is actually a `metalanguage' —a language for describing other languages—which lets you design your own customized markup languages for limitless different types of documents. XML can do this because it's written in SGML, the international standard metalanguage for text markup systems (ISO 8879).

What is XML for ?:

XML is intended `to make it easy and straightforward to use SGML on the Web: easy to define document types, easy to author and manage SGML-defined documents, and easy to transmit and share them across the Web.'

It defines `an extremely simple dialect of SGML which is completely described in the XML Specification. The goal is to enable generic SGML to be served, received, and processed on the Web in the way that is now possible with HTML.'

`For this reason, XML has been designed for ease of implementation, and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML'

XML is not just for Web pages: it can be used to store any kind of structured information, and to enclose or encapsulate information in order to pass it between different computing systems which would otherwise be unable to communicate.

Why is XML such an important development ?:

It removes two constraints which were holding back Web developments:

  1. dependence on a single, inflexible document type (HTML) which was being much abused for tasks it was never designed for;
  2. the complexity of full SGML, whose syntax allows many powerful but hard-to-program options.

XML allows the flexible development of user-defined document types. It provides a robust, non-proprietary, persistent, and verifiable file format for the storage and transmission of text and data both on and off the Web; and it removes the more complex options of SGML, making it easier to program for.


Posted on Monday, September 13, 2004 11:09 AM General | Back to top

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I have received several emails about this list of "Free XML Tutorials", many of them saying thank you, and couple of them asking to add their URL here. If you have an XML tutorials site and would like to be added to this list, please send me a message and I will add your site here. I hope this list will be helpful to some XML newbies (as myself).
Left by Matt Kirtok on Nov 10, 2004 3:20 PM

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i like it
Left by hassan on Mar 20, 2005 12:27 PM

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Is there any benefit to using xml documents from a search engine optimisation point of view?

I know that the SEs are beginning to look at new formats, like PDF and word documents...
Left by After on Jul 31, 2005 10:02 AM

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how do i join
Left by matthewrainwater on Oct 20, 2005 9:16 AM

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