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#1 Offline Captain Caboose

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Posted Jan 22 2013 - 11:30 PM

Okay, I looked for the answer for it in the Q&A Compendium but I can't find it. So I was wondering what this code does. It's the only code that I don't understand, unlike the rest of them. So if you know what it does, it be a great help for me.


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#2 Offline Meiko

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Posted Jan 23 2013 - 06:40 AM

XML is one of the most useful coding languages in application and web development, in my opinion. Though it is often used most significantly for RSS feeds (like BZPower's), it can be used for many other things. Though it is similar to HTML, XML is designed to carry data across web pages—not to display it. Also, XML tags are not predefined, so you need to define your own tags when coding in XML. More or less, the one thing most people don't understand about XML is that it pretty much does absolutely nothing. All it does is store, carry, and transport information. Nothing XML will ever be visible on a web page, and it won't do anything beyond its sole purpose. That sole purpose is what makes it helpful in application development though, but you will still need your basic coding languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

 

XAML is much like XML as well, but used exclusively for applications. XHTML is also much like HTML, but more or less just extends the  capabilities of normal Hypertext Markup.

 

If you would like to learn XML, I recommend you use this tutorial.


Edited by Meiko, Jan 23 2013 - 02:17 PM.

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#3 Offline GSR

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Posted Jan 23 2013 - 07:14 PM

Meiko's done a better job of explaining what XML is than I could. :P

 

BZP's XML tag is used to display XML code with proper coloring for the syntax.  A quick example I scrounged up from Google:

 

<!-- Example-->

<note>

<to>Tove</to>

<from>Jani</from>

<heading>Reminder</heading>

<body>Don't forget me this weekend!</body>

</note>

 

Realistically speaking, you probably won't find much use for the tag on BZP -  I think it's just a default IPB tag.


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Posted Jan 23 2013 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for the replies! Yes, despite its inclusion in the special BBCode list, it's not something you have to worry about. I do believe, however, that the answers above are sufficient for those with curious minds.

 

Question answered, topic closed!


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