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It's just for data storage really. An XML document describes a set of data. It's similar to storing data in a database, or spreadsheet, or whatever else. A difference between XML and a spreadsheet is that XML can have multiple levels of child/parent relationships, where a spreadsheet is more of just a set of rows and columns.

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It's just a way to organize textual data in a file or stream so that it's easy to understand and manage. If textual data is passed between two computer systems a clear description of the data helps prevent confusion. XML can be used to clearly describe data since it wraps each item of data in a descriptive tag.

 

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Because it is textual, its not restricted to specific program, for viewing it can be opened in your basic text editor program in a easy readable layout in all O/S for editing, which means it can be used to convert data in a database to xml, and then back again on another system, it can be read by program such as excel into a spreadsheet layout with headers and all to inspect data. It is just a easy way to store, transport and read without having a need of specific program to access the data.

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Hey guys new to this and still trying to figure some things out. making a project for work and need to convert my excel document that contains HTML links in one sections that correspond in other sections (ex: Names of products and pictures). I believe I have the Schema right for the text but how do I incorporate the htmls so that when I make it into an xml document it will cooperate. is this possible?

Appreciate any help! Thank You!

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