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XML Resources

A great many XML resources are available to you online. Because it's very important to know about them to get a solid background in XML, I'm going to list them here.

The XML specification is defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and that's where you should start looking for XML resources. Here's a good starter list (we'll see all these topics in this book):

Many non-W3C XML resources are out there, too (a casual search for the word XML on the Web turns up more than 13 million matches). Here's a list to get started with:

  • http://www.xml.com—This site is filled with XML resources, discussions, and notifications of public events.

  • http://www.oasis-open.org—OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, is dedicated to the adoption of product-independent formats such as XML.

  • http://www.xml.org—XML.ORG is designed to provide information about the use of XML in industrial and commercial settings. It's hosted by OASIS and is a reference for XML vocabularies, DTDs, schemas, and namespaces.

  • http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/default.asp—Microsoft's XML page.

There are also quite a few XML tutorials out there online (searching for "XML Tutorial" brings up more than 2,300 matches). Here are a few to start with:

In addition, you might find some newsgroups on Usenet useful (note that your news server might not carry all these groups):

  • comp.text.xml—A good general-purpose, free-floating XML forum.

  • microsoft.public.dotnet.xml—XML discussions and questions concerning using XML with Microsoft's .NET initiative.

  • microsoft.public.xml—The general Microsoft XML forum.

That's a good start on XML resources available on the Internet (note that you can use a search engine such as http://groups.google.com to search these groups for XML material). What about XML software? I'll take a look at what's out there, starting with XML editors.

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