Introducing MicroXML, Part 1, Explore the basic principles of MicroXML

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Uche Ogbuji

Date archived: May 13, 2019 | Last updated: May 07, 2013|First published: May 29, 2012

Parts of the XML community always grumble that XML is difficult to understand and process. XML is fundamentally complex for various historical reasons, and people proposed simplified versions for more than a decade. JSON and HTML5 threaten some of the most basic XML tenets. MicroXML a simplification of XML that is compatible with earlier versions emerged from discussions of these issues. MicroXML is now under the guidance of a W3C community group, and several basic implementations are already available for the draft specification. In this first article of a two-part series, learn from one of the MicroXML Community Group co-chairs about MicroXML and its technical differences from the XML 1.x core standards.

Editor's note: This two-article series, originally published in 2012, was revised to reflect subsequent important updates to the MicroXML specification.

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ArticleTitle=Introducing MicroXML, Part 1: Explore the basic principles of MicroXML