dicML is an XML-based markup language currently being developed to describe the contents of dictionaries. Each document can represent one of the following:
a word list
a monolingual dictionary
a bilingual dictionary
The declared purpose of dicML and accompanying dictionary software is to make electronic dictionaries more attractive to users by specifying logical features that should be present and searchable in a uniform manner across many different electronic dictionaries.
The XDXF markup languages serve a similar purpose. Currently, neither concept is specified completely. For example, XDXF lacks elements to annotate possible hyphenations, while the recent working draft of dicML does not include elements to describe the etymology of words.