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19. Importing and Exporting Data > 19.4. Access and XML

Access and XML

One of the hottest buzzwords in the computer world is XML (the extensible markup language), an all-purpose way of exchanging information between different programs. Access 2007 supports XML with its import and export features, where XML shows up as just one more supported format. However, if you really want to understand how the Access XML features work—and whether or not they really add anything new—you need to dig a little deeper.

What Is XML, Really?

XML alone sounds pretty modest. People often describe it as a format for storing information. For example, instead of saving data in Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or ordinary text files, you can save data in an XML file. This simplicity's deceiving, and two factors make XML really special:


  

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