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18.3. XML Pros and Cons

The question for a documentation manager who is not using XML is whether it is worth going to the trouble of moving to XML, especially if your current environment works pretty well. The answer depends on your particular circumstances and is not simply, if you are doing X, yes, if you are doing Y, no. In this section, I will take a look at the pros and cons of XML.

18.3.1. Reasons to use XML

XML is most useful in situations where content has a lifetime beyond its initial publication, or where content is targeted for more than one deliverable or delivery method. Here is an example where both are true.

I worked for AT&T, and later Novell, in the department that developed documentation for the UNIX Operating ...

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