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	Title		: Guidelines For The Use of XML in IETF Protocols
	Author(s)	: S. Hollenbeck, M. Rose, L. Masinter
	Filename	: draft-hollenbeck-ietf-xml-guidelines-01.txt
	Pages		: 25
	Date		: 16-Apr-02
	
The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a framework for structuring
data.  While it evolved from SGML -- a markup language primarily
focused on structuring documents -- XML has evolved to be a widely-
used mechanism for representing structured data.
There are a wide variety of Internet protocols; many have need for a
representation for structured data relevant to their application.
There has been much interest in the use of XML as a representation
method.  This document describes basic XML concepts, analyzes various
alternatives in the use of XML, and provides guidelines for the use
of XML within IETF standards-track protocols.

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