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XML, the markup language that makes your text easy for software to manipulate, can actually help you, as a writer.  Don't fight it.  Learn to think structurally, and you will grow to appreciate all those little tags, and, if you are brave, the model structures, the Document Type Definitions and schemas.

If you contribute text to a large site, you are already hemmed in with XML.  Relax, and enjoy the scaffolding, as you build your content.

XML forces you to think about the purpose of each little piece of your content: why am I writing this component, and why does it appear exactly here in the structure?

I know that doesn't sound like fun, at first, but as you work in an XML world, I believe that you will begin to appreciate the way that XML encourages you to clarify your organization, sharpen your points, and serve your users better.

Comments?  Suggestions?  Let me know.

Related info:

eBook: Making an XML DTD Step by Step (PDF, 384K)

Modeling informative objects

 

Active Education

http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/u/relander/XML_Tutorial/index.html

Beyond HTML

http://www.beyondhtml.com/

Café con Lecho XML News

http://www.ibiblio.org/xml/

Cetus

http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_xml.html

Distributed Management Task Force

http://www.dmtf.org/

Graphics Communication Association (GCA)

http://www.gca.org/

 

IBM XML Zone

http://www.ibm.com/developer/xml/

Microsoft XML Home

http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/default.asp

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems

http://www.oasis-open.org

Oasis XML White Papers

http://www.xml.org/xmlorg_resources/whitepapers.shtml

Schema.net

http://www.schema.net/

Sun on Java and XML

http://java.sun.com/xml/

Syscon XML Journal

http://www.xml-journal.com/

Tibco Advanced XML Resources

http://www.extensibility.com/tibco/resources/advanced.htm

W3C

http://www.w3.org/xml/

W3Schools

http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp

Web Developers Virtual Library: XML specs

http://www.stars.com/Seminars/Languages/XML/Specifications.html

What the XML?

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Peaks/5957/xml.html

Wireless Magazine

http://www.wireless-magazine.com/

X Marks the Spot

http://www.cs.caltech.edu/~adam/papers/xml/x-marks-the-spot.html

XML Booklist

http://www.xmlbooks.com/

XML Com

http://www.xml.com/

XML Cover Pages

http://xml.coverpages.org/sgml-xml.html

XML FAQ

http://www.ucc.ie/xml/

XML Files

http://www.webdeveloper.com/xml/

XML Hack

http://www.xmlhack.com/

XML Info

http://www.xmlinfo.com/

XML Journal

http://www.sys-con.com/xml/index2.html

XML Magazine

http://www.xmlmag.com/

XML Modeling http://xmlmodeling.com/portal/index.jsp
XML News http://www.nwfusion.com/topics/xml.html
XML Tree http://www.xmltree.com/
XML World http://wdvl.com/Authoring/Languages/XML/
ZDNet XML Developers

http://www.zdnet.com/devhead/filters/xml/

 

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