Information Studies



This module will provide an overview of Extensible Markup language; give students the opportunity to practice XML markup techniques and demonstrate the use of XML in publishing. Topics include document analysis, the basics of markup, DTDs and Schemas, Stylesheets and XSLT, XML in use and future developments in the XML standard. The method of delivery will be mixed, involving lectures, class discussion, and practical lab based sessions.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module students will have an understanding of the principles and role of structured generic markup. They will be able to create well-formed and valid XML documents, write DTDs and Schemas and deliver XML documents over the Web using different style sheets. They will also be able to assess and evaluate the role of XML for the management and delivery of electronic information.

Assessment: A practical XML project and written commentary

Core module for: MA/MSc DH

Optional for: MSc IS, MA Publishing. This module is also available for short course students

Prerequisites: Students should have taken and passed G017 Internet Technologies or have experience of working with HTML markup and CSS stylesheets; an introductory session on HTML and CSS is available for anyone without the necessary markup experience.  

Taught by: Simon Mahony


  • Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Term two.
  • Location: Darwin Building B05
  • Followed by Torrington Place (1-19) 113 - Public Cluster

Further information for students currently taking this module:  (login required)

Information for prospective students:  an indication of the module structure and some preliminary reading.