Welcome to the brave new world of XML (also known as eXtensible Markup Language), the next generation in creating interactive, cutting-edge Web pages. If you've ever tried to build complex Web pages that integrate multiple sources of data, you know just how limiting HTML can be. Although XML may be a little intimidating at first, you'll find yourself quickly up to speed with XML For Dummies, a plain-speaking, easy-to-understand reference book for all things XML. XML For Dummies takes you through a basic overview of XML—its capabilities, syntax, and technologies—before moving into useable information and step-by-step methods for designing, building, and using XML's extensible features. XML's special "dialects" support advanced tools for using push technology, building dynamic interfaces, and managing or transmitting data across the Web. And freeware and trial software versions of XML software packages, tips for finding online XML resources, a cross-linked glossary, code examples from the book, and other cool features are included on the bonus CD-ROM that comes with this indispensable guidebook.
Offering the most recent XML core and related specifications including XML 1.1 and Microsoft Office 2003, this book is an ideal introductory resource on the basics of XML, the flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data
With more than 70 percent revised text, the new coverage includes how to use the XML features in Office 2003, a discussion of the many practical business applications for XML, and how to actually implement XML in a business setting
Takes into account that XML is not exclusively for Web designers any longer and targets newcomers to XML who need to learn how to solve business issues as well as those who need practical XML solutions
The companion Web site contains programming code, trial software packages, XML tools and parsers, and sample XSLT transforms