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What is Markup Language?

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Definition – What does Markup Language mean?

Markup Language is a type of computer language that uses tags to define elements within a document, irrespective of computer platform, application, software or operating system. The language is humanly readable that mean markup files contain standard words, rather than any typical computer or programming syntax while two common languages include HTML and XML.

Glossary Web explains Markup Language

Markup Language is derived from the marking of manuscripts, where handwritten markups were annotated in the form of printer instructions. It is also used in the playlists, graphics, user interfaces, and web services and the content of the web page are defined by HTML tags. Basic tags includes <head>, <body> and <div> etc.  Each tag has its own section and element to define. Most elements require a starting and end tag, with the content placed between the tags.

XML language is used for storing structured data, rather than formatting information on the page. While HTML documents use all the predefined tags, XML use custom tags in order to define elements. XML is also known as Extensible Markup language since custom tags can be used to support a massive range of elements. Each XLM file is saved in the standard text format that makes it easy for software to parse or read the data.

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