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XML encoded data

 
Elizabeth King
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What is XML encoded data? Is this just some
XML files for data?
 
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Most likely data repseneted as XML.
Suppose you have two abstract pieces of data:
name: John Smith
salary: 10000 (whatever it means, curently Computer Science isn't concerned with measurement units too much )
You can represent your data in many ways, for example in some proprietary format:
name="John Smith", salary="10000"
or in "comma separated values" (CSV) format
John Smith,10000
or if you choose XML format
<root>
<name>John Smith</name>
<salary>10000</salary>
</root>

now your data are XML encoded.
 
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Thanks.
 
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