How to cite this paper

Quin, Liam R. E. “XML out — reducing clutter.” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011, Montréal, Canada, August 2 - 5, 2011. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 7 (2011).

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011
August 2 - 5, 2011

Balisage Paper: XML out — reducing clutter

Liam Quin


Liam Quin is the XML Activity Lead at the World Wide Web Consortium, where he has worked since 2001; he also does consulting in his spare time. Prior to working for W3C, Quin was a full-time consultant. He has worked with structured markup since the early 1980s, with SGML since 1987, and was an Invited Expert for the original XML work at W3C.

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Why is XML a pain to produce? Those among us who’ve produced documents in XML for years may hardly think about the process, but programmers from application development or systems programming may find it alien, frustrating, and a source of errors. Perhaps a simple API for common programming languages like PHP and JavaScript would relieve their pain.