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Can XML be used in an electronic document management system?

I'm a college student from De La Salle Universtity, Philippines. My group and i are doing our thesis about creating an Electronic Document Management System for a government firm here in our country. I just want to ask if XML can be used in developing an Electronic Document Management System?

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Yes absolutely. Documents form a spectrum from highly structured to very loosely structured. For highly structured documents a lot of efficiencies can be gained by making the structure explicit by using an XML schema notation such as RelaxNG or DTDs. For loosely structured documents editors that use XHTML or OpenOffice as their native file format are excellent choices.

For general purpose editing of loosely structured electronic documents, I recommend OpenOffice (open source).

This was first published in October 2003

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