A parser is the piece of program that splits something (in this case an XML document) up into pieces and recognizes them.
Usually the parser will be used in a manner, where it then either delivers the XML document in another form to the program using it, or asks the program what to do with each bit of XML.
-----Original Message-----
From: Federica Legger [mailto:federica.legger@cselt.it]
Sent: 3. november 2000 14:50
To: general@xml.apache.org
Subject: Parser

Hi everybody,
    I'm afraid I'll bother you with a dummy question but I'm a fresher...What is a parser and what do you use it for?
Federica Legger
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