Standards organizations such as W3C and ISO develop standard applications for use by developers in creating special-purpose applications. Scott Means describes these standard applications.
This is an excerpt from Scott's book, "Strategic XML." If you have any questions or comments about this excerpt or the book, your can reach Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his web site at http://www.scottmeans.com/.
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Although from a practical standpoint all XML applications are created equal,
certain applications are so general-purpose that they fall into the purview of
standards organizations (such as the ISO or the W3C). These standard
applications are intended to be used, in turn, by other developers who are
building their own special-purpose applications.