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schema

n. ~ A formal description of a data structure.

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Shemas are frequently used define a database in terms of tables and columns and the markup language of an extensible markup language (XML) document.

Citations:
(W3C, XML Schema 2000) XML Schemas express shared vocabularies and allow machines to carry out rules made by people. They provide a means for defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents.