XML4Lib Electronic Discussion

An electronic discussion on XML and its use in libraries.

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The XML4Lib electronic discussion is for the discussion of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and its use in, by, and for libraries and library users.


XML4Lib is specifically aimed toward librarians and library staff, but anyone is welcome to join the discussion. Those not interested in a library-oriented Web discussion may wish to join one of the general XML discussions.

Posting Policy

The following policy governs all postings to the XML4Lib list.

  1. All messages must relate, however slightly, to the general topic of XML.
  2. Advertisements are not appropriate. However, a simple statement that offers a way to follow-up for more information on a service or product is tolerated if it accompanies a substantive message discussing a subject appropriate to the list. Announcements of conferences, workshops, new publications, and position openings appropriate to the topic of the list are allowed.
  3. Virus warnings (not bug reports), are strongly discouraged, and ONLY reports direct from reputable organizations such as CERT are acceptable. In addition, before forwarding any virus warnings you may wish to Virus Hoaxes for hoax information and how to spot hoaxes.
  4. Personal attacks such as name calling and personal insults will not be tolerated. Comments that are intended only to enrage the recipient rather than contribute to thoughtful discussion are prohibited.
  5. All postings must be free of copyright restrictions that limit distribution. For example, posting a significant amount of a copyrighted work verbatim requires the permission of the copyright holder. To verify that such permission was obtained, all postings of this nature must include a statement that this is the case.
  6. The preferred format for list messages is plain text. Subscribers whose mail clients default to other formats such as HTML should configure them to send plain text when posting to the list. Sending MIME file attachments of any kind is prohibited; to prevent the spread of viruses, etc., any attachments are automatically stripped from your message before posting.

Guidelines for Appropriate List Behavior

The following guidelines are offered as advice for how to best participate in this discussion in a manner that will both contribute to the experience of all readers and also reflect well on you.


The XML4Lib list is hosted by the University of Notre Dame (the list itself) and Roy Tennant (the web site). It is an un-moderated list, but only subscribers may post messages. The software program LISTSERV[TM] is used to provide an automated method for persons to subscribe, unsubscribe, etc. Roy Tennant (roytennant@gmail.com) is the list owner.


XML4Lib was created on February 12, 2001 by Roy Tennant.