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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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XML

As you might guess from the number of times it’s mentioned in this book, XML is growing more and more popular as a means for developing and managing content. Many companies are turning to XML in an attempt to streamline documentation production and content reuse, so it is a good idea to understand XML if you are to work as a technical communicator.

What is XML? XML is a flexible meta-language (meaning a language that lets us create or define other languages!). That’s a mouthful, so let me try to explain it. XML allows you to define tags (similar in appearance to HTML tags) that can be used to mark up content. It is used for structured authoring, that is, writing that follows the enforcement of organizational structure of content components. ...

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