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Extensible Markup Language (XML)

  • W3C Has Issued XML 1.0 as a Proposed Recommendation. The W3C XML Working Group has determined that the XML1.0 specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, is supported for industry-wide adoption, and is ready to enter the review and voting process by all 229 W3C Member organizations. In other words, XML has moved a step closer to becoming an official W3C recommended standard.

Document Object Model

  • On December 9, 1997, the W3C DOM Working Group released a new draft of the Document Object Model Specification that provides a standard set of objects for representing HTML and XML documents, a standard model of how these objects can be combined, and a standard interface for accessing and manipulating them.
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XML: Principles, Tools, and Techniques
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The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is an important new standard emerging for structured documents on the Web. XML extends HTML beyond a limited tagset and adapts SGML (Standardized General Markup Language), making it easier for developers to write programs that process this markup and providing for a richer, more complex encoding of information. The importance of XML is indicated by support from companies such as Microsoft and Netscape.

This volume of the World Wide Web Journal, edited by Dan Connolly, is a first look at the technical specifications and early applications of XML. Articles range from user implementation guides, to new applications, to philosophy and future technology. See the Table of Contents for a complete listing.

Building XML Parsers for Microsoft's IE4
By Jean Paoli, David Schach, Chris Lovett, Andrew Layman and Istvan Cseri

Microsoft cofounded the XML working group at the W3C in July 96 and actively participated in the definition of the standard. This article describes why Microsoft implemented its first XML application and how it led to the development of two XML parsers shipping in Internet Explorer 4.0, one written in C++ and the other in Java. We describe the importance of designing an object model API and our vision of XML as a universal, open data format for the Internet.

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