Markup Languages and Web Designing ~ GAMES AND GADGETS

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Markup Languages and Web Designing

A markup language is a set of symbols or words for describing or identifying pieces of a document. XML and HTML are two kinds of markup language. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language and is used to transport and store data while HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and was designed to display data.

Most people think that XML is a replacement for HTML but both actually complement each other and were designed for different goals. XML describes the data on the document while HTML can display what the data is all about.

A large number of software vendors have already adopted XML, even Microsoft Office Products. Understanding XML is important in order to build effective web pages. Actually, XML and HTML are just two of the markup languages that a web designer needs to have knowledge about.

XHTML or Extensible Hypertext Markup Language combines HTML and XML. When building XHTML documents, needs to be well-formed or all tags should have a matching end tag. If you’ve been using Blogger, and you’re still new with all these XHTML stuff, you’ll go crazy with warnings such as, “document is not well formed” and then trying to find what tag you forgot to close.

I’m still learning the beauty of XHTML and as always, the Internet with the help of Google has provided me with a lot of markup infos I need to go on my journey as a budding web designer.

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