It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited from another document.
W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment.
The membership of the XML Working Group is given in an appendix.
This edition supersedes the previous W3C Recommendation of 16 August 2006.
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[Definition: A software module called an XML processor is used to read XML documents and provide access to their content and structure.] [Definition: It is assumed that an XML processor is doing its work on behalf of another module, called the application.] This specification describes the required behavior of an XML processor in terms of how it must read XML data and the information it must provide to the application.
XML was developed by an XML Working Group (originally known as the SGML Editorial Review Board) formed under the auspices of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1996.