XML is eXtensible Markup Language, a structured text format that was developed specifically to describe data to be shared by dissimilar systems. Because the manual creation and handling of XML-formatted data is rather tedious and very subject to error, NAV has XMLports, a data import/export function that processes XML-formatted data only. Use of XMLports allows the setup of XML-based communication with another system.
XML is very important because in the future, most system-to-system communication will be built on XML documents.
XML data is text based, with each piece of information structured in one of two basic formats:
<StartTag>data value</EndTag>(an Element format)
<Data Item Name = "data value">(an Attribute format)
Single or double ...