~13.8 billion years ago
Where the
heck are
we?
Not Goldfarb
M
L
Goldfarb
rehso
eiro
eneralized
arkup
anguage
:h1.Chapter 1: Introduction
:p.GML supported hierarchical containers, such as
:ol
:li.Ordered lists (like this one),
:li.U...
Markup
Language
Generalized^
What has
forty legs…
…and a
powerful
byte?
The World Wide Web
is precisely what we
were trying to
PREVENT.
Remember
me?
Olly, Olly,
Oxen Free!
Can’t
catch me!
You can keep your
new-fangled
“inter-web” out of
my SGML, thank
you very much.
C.2 Editorial Review Board
This specification was prepared and approved for publication by the W3C SGML
Editorial Review B...
They’re not
showing proper
respect, Don.
<BLINK>
I’m the
King of
the Web!
Nice tags!
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages
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What do rally car racing, knights in shining particle accelerators, and the Godfather all have in common? They are all complicit in the sordid affair that is the history of markup languages. Well, maybe not exactly “sordid,” but it is interesting! Come one, come all, and be regaled with this colorful account of the birth of XML and its predecessors. As the good doctor Carl Sagan once remarked, “You have to know the past to understand the present.”

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Wherefore XML: A Whimsical Look at the History of Markup Languages

  1. 1. ~13.8 billion years ago
  2. 2. Where the heck are we?
  3. 3. Not Goldfarb
  4. 4. M L Goldfarb rehso eiro eneralized arkup anguage
  5. 5. :h1.Chapter 1: Introduction :p.GML supported hierarchical containers, such as :ol :li.Ordered lists (like this one), :li.Unordered lists, and :li.Definition lists :eol. as well as simple structures. :p.Markup minimization (later generalized and formalized in SGML), allowed the end-tags to be omitted for the "h1" and "p" elements.
  6. 6. Markup Language Generalized^
  7. 7. What has forty legs… …and a powerful byte?
  8. 8. The World Wide Web is precisely what we were trying to PREVENT.
  9. 9. Remember me?
  10. 10. Olly, Olly, Oxen Free! Can’t catch me!
  11. 11. You can keep your new-fangled “inter-web” out of my SGML, thank you very much.
  12. 12. C.2 Editorial Review Board This specification was prepared and approved for publication by the W3C SGML Editorial Review Board (ERB). ERB approval of this specification does not necessarily imply that all ERB members voted for its approval. At the time it approved this specification, the SGML ERB had the following members: 1. Jon Bosak, Sun (jon.bosak@sun.com), chair 2. Tim Bray, Textuality (tbray@textuality.com), editor 3. James Clark (jjc@jclark.com), technical lead 4. Dan Connolly (connolly@w3.org), W3C contact 5. Steve DeRose, EBT (sjd@ebt.com) 6. Dave Hollander, HP (dmh@hpsgml.fc.hp.com) 7. Eliot Kimber, Passage Systems (kimber@passage.com) 8. Tom Magliery, NCSA (mag@ncsa.uiuc.edu) 9. Eve Maler, ArborText (elm@arbortext.com) 10. Jean Paoli, Microsoft (jeanpa@microsoft.com) 11. Peter Sharpe, SoftQuad (peter@sqwest.bc.ca) 12. C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, U. of Ill. at Chicago (cmsmcq@uic.edu), editor
  13. 13. They’re not showing proper respect, Don.
  14. 14. <BLINK>
  15. 15. I’m the King of the Web!
  16. 16. Nice tags!

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