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   Re: Andreessen on XML (InfoWorld)

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  • From: Chris Maden <crism@oreilly.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 11:02:55 -0400 (EDT)

[Jeremy Griffith]
> "Reference implementation of XML"???  Does anyone have any idea
> *what* he is talking about?  (Does *he*?)

Are you surprised?  Do you remember this snippet from _le Monde

LMI: Among the protocols that are actually discussed inside the W3C
you find XML, a document description language supported by Microsoft,
among others. Why isn't Netscape participating in these efforts?

MA: "XML"? That sounds really proprietary, doesn't it? [Grin] Don't
forget that the Internet standard is a protocol that has brought forth
a consensus at the heart of institutions like the W3C, the IETF and
even ECMA [?], which is working on JavaScript. The rest is just a
proposal ...

The translation from French comes with heavy disclaimers, but the
original French publication had something very close to this

M.A.: «XML»?... Cela sonne très propriétaire, non?  (sourire) Ne
perdons pas de vue qu'un standard Internet est un protocole qui a
suscité un consensus au sein d'institutions comme le W3C, l'IETF ou
encore l'ECMA qui travaille sur Javascript. Le reste n'est que

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