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An XML document is a text document that consists of an XML declaration and a root element with well-formed content.

Example XML Document

     <?xml version="1.0"?>


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MIME is an Internet Standard that allows email systems to interpret complex data. Web browsers also use the MIME type to accurately display information or launch a separate application to handle the data.

All MIME types (called Internet media type) consist of two parts, in the form type/subtype.

This information is sent to the browser by a web server. Usually, the server determines the MIME type based on the document's file extension. For example, the server would interpret an extension of .txt (plain text file) to have a MIME type of text/plain.

XML Specific MIME TypesEdit

There are two MIME assignments for XML data. These are:

Because of the wide variety of documents that can be expressed using an XML syntax, additional MIME types are needed to differentiate between languages. XML-based formats add a suffix of +xml to the MIME type.

The followings are some examples of common XML media types.

  • Registered
  • Unregistered
    • Mathematical Markup Language (MathML): application/mathml+xml
    • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0): application/rss+xml

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