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Question:  D.6 What XML software can I use today?

Details are no longer listed in this FAQ as they are now changing too rapidly to be kept up to date: see the XML Web pages at http://xml.coverpages.org/ and watch for announcements on the mailing lists and newsgroups.

For a detailed guide to some examples of XML programs and the concepts behind them, see the editor's book Understanding SGML and XML Tools (Kluwer, 1998, 0-7923-8169-6).

An important distinction is evident between the two major classes of XML application: `document' and `data' , and this is reflected especially in editing and development software. Document-style applications are in the nature of traditional publishers' work: text and images in a structured environment, with fonts and formatting. Data-style applications are found in e-commerce, with XML being used as a container for information being passed between systems, usually unformatted and unseen by humans. While in theory it would be possible to use a data-class editor to write a novel, or a document-class editor to create invoices, specialist users in both classes should remain aware that the other applications do exist.

For browsers see the question on XML Browsers and the details of the xml-dev mailing list for software developers. Bert Bos keeps a list of some XML developments in bison, flex, perl and Python.

Information for developers of Chinese XML systems can be found at the Chinese XML Now! website of Academia Sinica: http://www.ascc.net/xml/ This site includes an FAQ and test files.

This FAQ is from The XML FAQ, maintained by Peter Flynn