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

Section 1: Basics

Q 1.15: Where do I find more information about XML?

Online and offline resources

Online, there's the XML Specification and the ancillary documentation available from the W3C; Robin Cover's XML Cover Pages with an extensive list of online reference material and links to software; and a summary and condensed FAQ from Tim Bray; and thousands of reference resources available by typing ‘xml’ into Google or other search engine.

For offline resources, see the lists of books, articles, and software for XML in Robin Cover's XML Cover Pages (articles and books). That site should always be your first port of call for archived resources.

For access to experts, particularly in consultancy and training, see the XML Guild, whose members form a consortium of some of the best independent XML consultants in the world.

The events listed below are the ones I have been told about. Please mail me if you come across others: there are many other XML events around the world, and most of them are announced on the mailing lists and newsgroups.

Upcoming Events

XML London

XML London (XML and Semantic Web Conference) will be held in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (Roberts Building) of University College London on June 10–11, 2017.


The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including both XML and TEX: it will be in Bethesda MD on August 1–4, 2017, with a pre-conference Symposium on July 31.

Digital Humanities Conference 2017

The Digital Humanities Conference 2017 will be held in Montréal on 8–11 August 2017, hosted by McGill University and the Université de Montréal. The theme of the DH2017 is ‘Access’. The use of XML (TEI) markup is a strong feature of DH conferences.

DH2018 will be held in Mexico City, hosted by the El Colegio de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in alliance with the Red de Humanidades Digitales (date to be announced).

TEI Conference

The 2017 TEI Conference will be held in Victoria, BC (details yet to be advised).

XML Summerschool

The annual XML Summer School will be held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 18–22 September 2017, with an afternoon Intro to XML on Sunday 17th. This week-long event covers everything from an introduction for the beginner up to XML in publishing, transformation with XSLT2 and XQuery, and the use of Linked Data.

XML Amsterdam

XML Amsterdam 2015 was held on November 5 at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) Science Park, Amsterdam. The next XML Amsterdam will be in 2017 (date to be advised).

WWW 2016

The 25th International World Wide Web Conference took place at the Université de Québec à Montréal, Canada on April 11–15, 2016.

TUG 2016

The TEX Users Group 2016 conference was held in Toronto, Canada, on 25–27 July 2016.


The Balisage markup conference was in Bethesda MD on August 2–5.

TEI Conference

The 2016 TEI Conference took place at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Centre of Digital Humanities from 26–30 September 2016.

XML Prague

XML Prague 2017 will be held on 9–11 February 2017 at the University of Economics, Prague. Videos of earlier meetings are available on their YouTube channel (link on site).

TUG 2017

The TEX Users Group 2017 conference will be a joint meeting with GUST to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BachoTEX, and will take place in Bachotek, Poland, on April 29–May 3, 2017. Although primarily related to typesetting, many aspects of LATEX are closely related to the use of XML and the handling of structured documents.