Guidelines for the Use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) within IETF Protocols
bcp70-07

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        BCP 70
        RFC 3470

        Title:      Guidelines for the Use of Extensible Markup
                    Language (XML) within IETF Protocols
        Author(s):  S. Hollenbeck, M. Rose, L. Masinter
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       January 2003
        Mailbox:    shollenbeck@verisign.com, mrose@dbc.mtview.ca.us,
                    LMM@acm.org
        Pages:      28
        Characters: 64252
        SeeAlso:    BCP 70

        I-D Tag:    draft-hollenbeck-ietf-xml-guidelines-07.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3470.txt


The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a framework for structuring
data.  While it evolved from Standard Generalized Markup Language
(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 being developed; 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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