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   Re: sequel=> SQL, SGML=> XML

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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 22:10:18 -0400

John F. Schlesinger asks,

> OK, so what does SQL stand for? There's no help from Chris Date (in "A
> to the SQL Standard" and in "An Introduction to Database Systems" he says
> that it is pronounced "esskuel" and that it used to stand for Structured
> Query Language).
> Is it a TLA (three letter acronym) which stands for nothing? How ironic.
Yes, I have it direct from Mike Gorman, who was the secretary of the ANSI
SQL subcommittee for years (still is, so far as I know, and on his own dime,
too!).  SQL is pronounced "Ess-Que-Ell', and does ***not*** stand for
anything any more, including "Structured Query Language"

Tom Passin

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