Introduction to XML Course

quoteAs an online course,
it allowed me to study where and when I wanted, but it was more than just that... the support from the tutors was first rate.
- Justin

XML is one of the most popular industry formats for document publishing and web application development. It is an extensible and elegant solution that is being rapidly incorporated in next-generation document, web and e-business application strategies. As such, XML skills are in huge demand.

Introduction to XML is a 6-week online course that provides a complete overview of XML. It provides you with a basic introduction to the components of an XML document and related technologies. You will learn how to create a valid (well-formed) XML document using the XML editor. The course provides an overview of Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and DTD syntax. It includes an introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) by explaining how to use CSS with XML and how to create CSS.

The course is ideal for anyone interested in next-generation publishing, including web masters, programmers, web developers, technical writers/editors, and print publishers who want to gain a working knowledge of XML.

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  • 6 weeks of one-to-one instructor mentoring
  • Expert feedback on all assignments
  • 180 pages of self-paced readings & interactive quizzes
  • Downloadable HTML and PDF version of course materials
  • BONUS: Extended trial version of XMLSpy or <oXygen/> XML editor included.




  • Working knowledge of English
  • Familiar with browsers, email and computer file system functions

Computing Requirements

  • Internet access

Class Start Dates

— March 9, 2015
— April 6, 2015
— May 4, 2015
— June 1, 2015


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About The Instructor

The instructor will guide you throughout the course by providing one-to-one mentoring. During the course, the instructor will answer your questions by email, provide you with feedback on your assignments, and lead optional text chat sessions to discuss the materials and assignments.

Susan Bodnik is the author and instructor for this course. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching and developing online courses. Susan holds a degree in English from the University of Waterloo with specialized focus in communications, rhetoric and online learning. She is also an active member in the Society for Technical Communication.

Student Reviews

As an online course it allowed me to study where and when I wanted, but it was more than just that. The support from tutors was first rate, while the course was well paced, and pitched at a level which allowed me to learn quickly and in depth without becoming bogged down in too much techno-babble. -- Justin

I couldn't believe that I got immediate responses to emails sent as late as 10pm... Susan, take a break once in a while!! ;) -- Michele

It gives a solid start to XML. I feel that I can speak intelligently now about XML and its applications. A very good course. Later on, I would like to take a higher level course. -- Greg

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