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XML vs. HTML, a Battle Between Two of the Web’s Most Important Technologies

Introduction: What is XML, and How Does it Compare to HTML?

At first glance, XML and HTML appear to be the same thing, but they are not. You cannot substitute one for the other. Both XML and HTML use different syntaxes to code text or other data. In this article, we will discuss the main differences between XML and HTML and how they can be used.

XML is a markup language, which is used to store and transport data. There are two types of XML: structured and unstructured.

Structured XML is mainly used for data storage, while unstructured XML is used for transporting data. The structure of XML is defined by the tags within the document, and this allows for easy data retrieval. Any computer that can parse XML files can render them on screen.

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HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is the standard markup language for documents intended to be displayed in a web browser. Technologies like Cascading Style Sheets and scripting languages like JavaScript helps with the styling and functionality of the HTML document.

The key difference between HTML and XML is that HTML displays data and describes the structure of a webpage, whereas XML stores and transfers data.

Issues with Using XML on Your Website or Blog

What is XML, and How Does it Compare to HTML?
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XML is often used on websites to display data in tables or grids.

There are many benefits of using XML on your website, but there are some drawbacks as well. One of the most common issues with XML is that it does not work well with search engines such as Google and Bing. Search engines cannot read the markup code, which means you will not get indexed for your content if you use XML.

Another issue with using XML on your website is that if it gets hacked, then all of your content will be compromised and no longer secure. This can lead to major problems for both the business and their clients because they will have to start over from scratch in order to rebuild their website or blog’s security measures. There are some advantages that come with using XML as a document type. For one, it is built to stand up to heavy-duty use. This means that even if someone were to hack your website and damage the core of your website or blog, they would still be unable to get all the data off it. Which makes XML popular for blog sites.

No matter what type of blog you have, it is important that your site is XML-friendly. This will allow any content management system (CMS) to easily read and edit the information on your site without having to worry about formatting or compatibility issues. Will you choose XML for your next web project?



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Desmond Young

Desmond Young has worked in the Human Resources industry for several years, gaining experience in Human Resources Information Software and Data Analytics