Extensible Markup Language (XML) Standards

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XML is a superset of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that works on any platform, on any network, across any application. XML can serve as a mediator and provide common ground for bridging systems, increase consistency and compatibility, leverage existing systems (which lessens development and maintenance costs), and allow multiple systems to leverage existing models and extend them to meet unique needs. For example, XML can act as a bridge between a web-based application like the Navy's Cost-To-Complete system for estimating environmental budget requirements and an object-oriented, Internet-designed application like the Navy's Remediation Technology Evaluation Tool, a technology short list organized by media and contaminant. The XML bridge allows technologies to be compared against each other and ranked by cost or short-term effectiveness.

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