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XML: What's it all about?

Learn how Office 2003 supports XML
Learn the basics of XML, what it is and how it works, and then see how some of the programs in the Microsoft Office System help you use XML.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Five self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Help plan an XML system.
  • Use and follow basic XML terminology and concepts such as tags, schemas, and transforms.
  • See how XML works in some Microsoft Office System programs.

Before you begin

The practices for this course require that you have Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and Microsoft Office Word 2003, or that you have Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003. You cannot complete the practices by using the versions of Excel and Word in Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003.

Chances are, you've heard of XML, and you've probably heard some reasons why you should use it to store your data. But what is XML, exactly, and how does it work? This course explains the basics: what XML is, what it does, and some of the benefits of using it.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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