Not as Hard as It Sounds - Using XML in Metadata-Enabled Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

The information and communications technology industries have broadly adopted XML for use in data interchange applications, including a serialization technique for aggregate data. The advantages of XML are many, such as a readable text format, standardization, available tool suites and support in open source software. But XML has its disadvantages, as well. These include significant space inefficiency, common misunderstandings about the meaning of XML data, and multiple strategies for structuring data.

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