Tour de XML

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The purpose of this page is to index a variety of XML things for short demos. I use this page to motivate students for learning XML in classes I teach, e.g. COAP 2180 and STIC II. I usually just show a picture or two and then do a live demo.

Text-centric formats (often hand-coded)

Semantically structured documents

  • DocBook, the most popular structured document format for writing books and manuals
  • DITA, a new modular extensible document architecture, popular with IBM.

Web contents

  • XHTML, was a popular web page format (maybe to be replaced by XHTML5 in some uncertain future). Mostly a dead project, but most browsers do support XHTML.

Data-centric formats (sometimes hand-coded)

Multimedia synchronization

News syndication

Vector graphics

  • SVG (*.svg), popular web format, part of HTML5. Visit SVG works in all browsers except IE 7/8.
  • X3D, unpopular 3D web format, new version of oldest Internet format (VRML). Visit X3Dom (webGL in-browser), or Interactive Demos from BS Contact (needs plugin to be installed)
  • Collada (*.dae), a 3D exchange format. Also used in Google Earth (via the Keyhole Markup language) and therefore fairly popular.

Data-centric formats


Authoring formats

Typically, authoring formats define the structure of a zip file, where a single XML file organizes the rest. Most contents are also encoded in XML.
Rename that type of file to *.zip to open and have fun with ...


XML for development

GUI generators

Programming languages and accessories made in XML


  • Browse the XML category.