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The XML FAQ — Frequently-Asked Questions about the Extensible Markup Language


Copyright © 2010 Silmaril Consultants, version 5.10 (28 April 2013)


This is the list of Frequently-Asked Questions about the Extensible Markup Language (XML). It has answers to most of the common questions people ask about XML. If you are seeking answers to questions about related areas such as HTML, SGML, CGI scripts, PHP, JSP, Java, databases, or penguins, you may find some pointers, but you should probably look elsewhere as well.

The FAQ is intended as a first resource for users, authors, developers, and the interested reader. Details of its organisation, contributors, availability, translations, and revisions are in the Admin sections. Updates to the FAQ are notified to the mailing lists and newsgroups listed in question 12 in the ‘Basics’ section, ‘Where can I discuss implementation and development of XML?’.

The full document is available for download in many different formats: see the page ‘Availability’ for a list.


Seán McGrath suggested: ‘It would be great if FAQs had a WTF section to direct the eyes of the exasperated to Q's with a high desperation index :-)’, so here are the top dozen most-wanted: