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What is XML and what is it used for?

The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. This technology is commonly used for serialization, e.g. storing data and transmitting data.

In this article, we will see what exactly is XML, its importance, and how to maintain it by using our XML Beautifier. You may also want to check out our HTML Beautifier tool.

XML is applied to data exchange in computing and is the base language for several communication protocols.

XML is also used for message exchange in AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), which allows web page updates to be performed without reloading the page.

XML Scale and Maintenance problems

While XML is simple and easy to use, it wasn't built for the scale of today's web applications, causing some problems .

For example, it:

  • Doesn't work well with complex data models
  • Has difficulties with data validation
  • Forces everything to be nested in a tree structure
  • Is very verbose

In the end, the resulting data set is quite bulky and hard to maintain. That's where code formatting comes into play, by making the code more readable and maintainable.

Code formatting and XML Beautifier

XML Beautify is a technique used to help developers format markup in a consistent way. Beautify helps to ensure all their code is up to the latest formatting standards. It also allows them to improve the data set structure.

The process consists of parsing the XML file to add/remove white spaces, indent rules, nest tags, etc., following some specific standard or custom rules.

Code formatting needs to run alongside a version control system to ensure a maintainable code base. A great tool to integrate into your development environment and achieve this is Prettier.

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