- XML stands for EXtensible Markup Language
- XML is a markup language much like HTML
- XML was designed to store and transport data
- XML was designed to be self-descriptive
- XML is a W3C Recommendation
XML Does Not DO Anything
Maybe it is a little hard to understand, but XML does not DO anything.
This note is a note to Ted, from Jane, stored as XML:
<body>Don’t forget me this weekend!</body>
The note is quite self-descriptive. It has sender and receiver information. It also has a heading and a message body.
But still, this XML document does not DO anything. XML is just information wrapped in tags. Someone must write a piece of software to send, receive, store, or display it.