Journal of International Information Management


Extensible Markup Language (XML) started as an effort to simplify Generalized Markup Language (SGML), which was the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) standard for defining data vocabularies. This study investigates XML technology as a substitute to SGML that would be Web friendly, and easy to learn and use while supporting a variety of applications for faster and more efficient data mobility on the Web. It describes several compelling reasons why XML is a useful technology for representing structured data mobility. XML is a markup language used for data structure in a textual form. A specific goal of XML is to keep most of the descriptive power of SGML, while removing as much of the complexity as possible. This article includes an overview of XML and its specifications and corresponding components, development of schema for defining industry standards data definitions, potential problematic impact on information systems and recommended solutions for developers and practitioners.