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- From: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
- To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
- Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 14:43:56 -0000
len bullard wrote:
> Mark Birbeck wrote:
> > A consistent theme in this discussion forum is that people
> always want
> > every major breakthrough that has been made by XML to be
> removed, under
> > the pretence of coping with some 'special circumstances'.
> If you think
> > about it, it is quite unique in the history of software
> engineering to
> > have an agreed standard which allows us to check whether a
> document that
> > we had no part in designing the layout for, is valid.
> Not to be tendentious, but some of us having been doing that for at
> least a generation now. SGML works.
Hello Len, I was using my words carefully! SGML has of course been
around for a while, and been very important for document management and
generation. But in the world of software engineering we are constantly
reinventing the wheel; coming up with new file formats, parsers,
transmission mechanisms, and so on. So, in the world I'm in, XML *is* a
unique and unprecedented contribution.
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