Joined today: Newbie questions

DuCharme, Robert DuCharmR at
Wed Nov 3 17:18:48 GMT 1999

In general, the xml-l list is better for basic XML issues; xml-dev
concentrates on more advanced and theoretical stuff. See for more on xml-l. See also
the XML FAQ at and good introductions for newcomers

>1. Does Netscape and IE support XML automatically?

IE5 does, Netscape 4 doesn't. XML support is part of Mozilla, the version of
Netscape under development.

>2. What plug-ins do I need (if any) for Netscape and IE for building
>simple applications?

I don't know of any plugins that would make for a different answer in 1.

>3. What does the XML Parser do?  Does it translate XML code into HTML?

It checks the well-formedness and optionally the validity of an XML
document. Typically, it also reads the document's components into data
structures or triggers function calls that let an application use those
components. Conversion to HTML could be one such application.

>4. Do I need XSL or CSS?  What is their purpose?

They are two stylesheet standards that let you specify the appearance of
different elements in your document.

>5. What other components do I need to get started - that is to build a
>simple application?

XML is used for a wide variety of applications, so there's no simple answer
to this question.

Bob DuCharme       <bob@>  see for "XML:
The Annotated Specification" from Prentice Hall.

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