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Is XML documents or data? Should XML be managed with a database or a document management system? Should XML be managed at all, or is it simply a data interchange standard? These are among the most common questions people ask about XML when they're trying to get a grip on what XML is. These questions get at what we do with XML, not what it is. Another question: Is a computer a word processor or a video game? Neither? Both? Actually, a computer is more. Word processors are computers, as are video games; but it doesn't work the other way around. We cannot define a computer in terms of a single application, or even a multitude of applications for that matter. Similarly, we cannot restrict our definition of XML in terms of its uses. XML is a standard for expressing information in a complete form. It contains not only data, but also context and attributes. XML is, in other ... (more)