Tuesday, October 29, 2013

XML - Data Structure explained?

XML can be a dangerous necessity. XML gives meaning to data structures and if I may say so, then there is no need for me to say that I am from India because <country>India</country> says it all.
I was wondering why I found it difficult to read the blogs of my interest(mine included) in my Windows mobile phone. It was relatively less difficult in my Windows 8 laptop. The reason is XML.
A Windows 8 laptop is probably able to understand more types of XML files than a Windows 8 phone.
W3C guidelines clearly states the rules for XML. One needs to specify the xml schema followed as the first line in an XML file. This is mandatory. It is also necessary to follow the xlink guidelines of W3C consortium.
What is the loss if someone do not follow the W3C guidelines? Is it only lacking netiquette? Is there a bigger loss? A matter to ponder.