Convert XML in Enterprise Applications

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is probably the most influential standard used today for information transmission. It is used everywhere: between enterprise systems, on the Internet and even between individuals.

What makes XML so popular is the ability to describe any kind of data. From banking transactions, customer records and even web pages, XML is everywhere. This data is interpreted by software in order to make it human-readable. A web page for example is an XML that contains formatting information that makes it viewable on a screen. It is interpreted by a web browser and displayed on a computer display or a mobile phone. A bank transfer information is usually exchanged between two system and therefore it is not formatted in a manner that humans would prefer. 

Which takes us to the subject of XML conversion: sometimes XML data must be converted in order to make it readable. This process is also called transformation. In this article we discuss how to convert XML into a format suitable for your enterprise.

Getting Started

If your XML contains data it makes sense to have multiple ways to have it presented. A customer record for example may be displayed in multiple ways, according to various needs. 

Therefore, in order to present the XML, some layout information will have to be defined such as page size, fonts, colors, etc. The layout information and rules for transforming the XML are store in a template. You can define the template in Ecrion Studio.

Ecrion Studio looks like popular Office programs in order to minimize the learning curve. However it has the complete set of features you will need to transform XML for the most complex enterprise applications.

XML to PDF

XML to PDF conversion is popular as PDF is a format that can be easily exchanged between companies while preserving the intended format. In addition PDF can be encrypted in order to guarantee that it’s content hasn’t been altered. Ecrion XML to PDF software uses the layout templates in order to produce the output. The Ecrion API is then used to run the conversion as many time as needed. 

XML to Word

In many cases the XML data needs be converted to Word because the end-user needs to be able to edit the document. Converting using our XML to Word software follows a similar pattern as before. The same template that can be used to produce PDF can produce Word as well. However you can use features that are unique to Microsoft Word. This includes control over the sections that are editable within the final document.

XML to AFP

AFP (Advanced Function Printing) is a format developed by IBM for high-volume printers. It can drive document production in excess of 40,000 pages per minute. In this scenario, the XML file may contain thousands or even millions of customer records that need to be printed. Batch invoicing is a common example where Ecrion’s XML to AFP software can reduce the time needed to do an invoicing run from days to a couple of hours.