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What are the advantages/disadvantages of the XML format?

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Tags: Data FormatsXML

Answer

Advantages

  • Is easily readable by the human
  • Can be easily edited in text editor, no special application is needed
  • Is widely adapted across the industry
  • Is very flexible and can describe object hierarchy well (trees)

Disadvantages

  • XML is relatively wordy - its data size is larger than in other formats (compression helps here)

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