Date Added: Mar 2010
XML (Extensible Markup Language) has become increasingly important as a required format for data reporting because of its textual nature and Unicode support. However, converting data into XML format is quite challenging for many data analysts. The author is familiar with data in rectangular row and column format created via programs such as Excel, SQL, or SAS. Converting a big sum of data from the row and column structure to a hierarchical or tree structure which XML accepts can be difficult conceptually and technologically to us. In addition, XML reporting often comes with very strict format requirements for data elements.