Widespread adoption of XML technology depends on DTD and schema designs that provide a structure convenient for humans. In other words, people will use XML only if it is easy and solves a problem.
XML may solve database problems by providing a common format to exchange data. But databases have been around for a long time, and most database problems have been solved. XML may improve B2B commercial transactions, although B2B is not new either--standards like EDI have been in use for some time. XML may also be beneficial for mathematical equations, CAD-CAM, UML (software design and modeling), and other graphically oriented content.
Managing semi-structured content for multiple audiences across multiple media (for example, the web, text-enabled handheld wireless devices, and print) is a new problem. Because of its unique design, XML is perfect for managing such content.
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