[Definition: A software module called an XML processor is used to read XML documents and provide access to their content and structure.] [Definition: It is assumed that an XML processor is doing its work on behalf of another module, called the application.] This specification describes the required behavior of an XML processor in terms of how it must read XML data and the information it must provide to the application.
XML was developed by an XML Working Group (originally known as the SGML Editorial Review Board) formed under the auspices of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1996.
Copyright © 2008 The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a subset of SGML that is completely described in this document.
Its goal is to enable generic SGML to be served, received, and processed on the Web in the way that is now possible with HTML.
It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited from another document.