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

Section 1: Basics

Q 1.14: 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

Digital Humanities Conference 2016

The Digital Humanities Conference 2016 will be held in Kraków, Poland, on 12–17 July 2016, hosted by Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków. The use of XML (TEI) markup is a strong feature of DH conferences.

TUG 2016

The TEX Users Group 2016 conference will be in Toronto, Canada, on 25–27 July 2016. Although primarily related to typesetting, many aspects of LATEX are closely related to the use of XML and the handling of structured documents.


The Balisage markup conference (the principal technical meeting) will be in Bethesda MD on August 2–5. There will be a pre-conference symposium XML In, Web Out: International Symposium on sub rosa XML the preceding day (August 1st).

XML Summerschool

The annual XML Summer School will be held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 12–16 September 2016, with an afternoon Intro to XML on Sunday 11th. 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.

TEI Conference

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

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.

Markup Forum

Markup Forum 5 (including Geek Corner!) took place on 20 November 2015 at the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) Stuttgart, Germany.

XML Prague

XML Prague 2016 was held on 11–13 February 2016 at the University of Economics, Prague. Videos are available on their YouTube channel (link on site).

WWW 2016

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

XML London

XML London (XML and Semantic Web Conference) will be held in University College London on June 4–5, 2016.