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Executive Summary

XML. HTML. JPEG. MPEG. These data formats represent vast quantities of industrial, governmental, and scientific data. Because they have been standardized and are widely used, many reliable, efficient, and convenient tools for processing data in these formats are readily available. For instance, most programming languages have libraries for parsing XML and HTML as well as manipulating images in JPEG or movies in MPEG. Query engines are available for querying XML documents. Widely-used applications like Microsoft Word and Excel automatically translate documents between HTML and other standard formats. In short, life is good when working with standard data formats.

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