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   Re: The Origins of XML

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>, andrewl@microsoft.com
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 15:56:36 -0700

At 11:12 PM 13/06/00 +0100, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>do you mean
>  Between August and November 1996, Mr. Bosak, with the help of two
>  other SGML experts, Tim Bray and C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, created XML
>  as a scaled-down version of SGML, intended for use on the Internet.
>isn't that fair enough? it accords with my memories precisely.
>cf http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xml-961114.html.

Argh, I hope you're being sarcastic.  Jon deserves the most credit for
getting the processed launched.  The design of XML was truly collaborative,
and not just the 11 or so people on the WG either, there was an IG with
over 100 people on it who laboured mightily.  There are lots of things
in XML that Michael and I disagree with.  If you counted specific 
technical ideas that made it in, James Clark would get most tick-marks
beside his name, but once again, this was a *group* effort.  -Tim

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