XML’s History{5}

by Antonio M
I found this article to be very informative on the history of eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
and its purpose and function to the World Wide Web. XML has served as an essential part of the
World Wide Web because of its capability to effectively transform and exchange data. XML can
allow people to create, manage, and process data as well as share information in a meaningful
manner. Prior to XMLs existence the World Wide Web was built to support HTML but because HTML
can mix textual data with presentation it would not be convenient to transmit data using HTML
on a variety of devices.It was Jon Bosak who realized this inconvenience and he therefore
drafted the standard for XML in 1996. XML’s focused specifically in structured data which could
then be parsed and exchanged by various clients. Bosak required that XML allow users to specify
their own attributes in order to qualify there data. XML also allows for applications to check
the data being used in XML for “structural validity on importation.” The author concludes his
article by stating that XML has proven to manage structured data on the World Wide Web and is
very flexible, extensible and has a sound hierarchical structure making XML very popular. XML
continues to remain an important in application and will play a large role in the World Wide Web.

I found this article to be very interesting. I never really know much about XML such as its history
or how it even came into existence. Through out his article the author would give a few examples here
and there of how XML is written and can be used.

I think the way that this article relates to the class is because XML deals with data. This
whole class is about Database design and development and I think that it is very helpful in general
that we know what XML is and how it can be used. Almost every business has some sort of data that
they are collecting or sharing to their customers and if we were to ever go into a career in database
management or something like that I am sure we will eventually see the use of XML. Overall it was a great
article and very informative.


Hedgebeth, D. (2008). Managing structured data with the extensible markup language (XML). VINE, 38(3),
348-356. doi:10.1108/03055720810904853