XML: An Overview

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Have you heard read about XML, but aren't quite sure what it is or what it does? Are you expected to know? Take this course and we'll de-mystify it for you.

Created for novices, this course will give you a taste of some of the major parts of XML (Extensible Markup Language):

  • Its origins and relationship to HTML
  • Parts of an XML document
  • What "well-formed" means and why it is important
  • What "valid" means and why it is important
  • DTD (Document Type Definition)
  • Converting XML using stylesheets
  • Existing XML Vocabularies

This workshop provides an overview of XML. Although we will work with each topic listed above, we will not go into detail. The goal of the course is to provide a basic understanding of what XML is and how it could be used for those librarians that may not have to work with it extensively.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Relate the beginnings of XML with the history of markup languages
  • Create a well-formed XML document
  • Format an XML document
  • Decipher a simple DTD
Target Audience: 
Attendees should have a good understanding of the World Wide Web, web browsers, and Internet. A basic understanding of HTML is preferred.
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • In addition to the daily class session, there will be approximately one hour of homework each day. This homework is required.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Duration: 
This course consists of four 2-hour sessions.
Continuing Education Credit
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