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Newbie wanting to learn more about XML capabilities and usual usages

Wilson Mui
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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I am a real newbie at XML, and I am just starting learn DOM and javascripts too, though my question isn't related so much to the combination of the three.
Because I am so new to this technology, I am very curious about how people use XML. I just started thinking about it, because I have all these webpages that have static information in it, which should not be static. So I find myself constantly going in and changing 10-20 documents just because somebody's phone number changed and I thought that was ridiculous. So I reminded myself about DOM while I was dabbling with servlets a long time ago. Anyway, I was wondering if somebody could direct me to a good site that gives an intro to XML and how normal people generally use it, and better yet tell me how I can use it in less conventional but equally benefitial ways. Thanks for the info.
Lasse Koskela
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The top 2 uses for XML in my experience are
1) Configuration files (allows a more sophisticated way to structure configuration data than regular .properties files)
2) Integration APIs (applications sending XML messages to each other in the body of a HTTP POST request)
Further uses that I consider relatively helpful include multi-channel applications which need to cater for multiple UI languages (e.g. HTML for web browsers and WML for WAP browsers) or multiple file formats (creating HTML, RTF, and PDF from a single source document) using XSLT.


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