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   RE: "XML is a subset of SGML" - True or False?

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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 08:57:30 -0500

True.  XML is a subset of SGML.  Will that 
sell more systems or change anyone's mind 
about the design of XML?

What is most important is that the wisdom 
of SGML On the Web (eventually christened XML) as a subset 
of SGML, and of the W3C work proceeding along with 
the ISO work, and of both organizations committing 
to keeping these relationships open and working was 
realized by all parties.  Otherwise, the work of one 
may have been marginalized while the work 
of the other could have been cited as a flagrant 
act of theft of the intellectual property of the 
other.  There certainly was a dog fight over the 
relationships but there was a compromise that has 
worked to everyone's advantage.  It is a fact that 
all of these groups overlapped membership to a 
considerable degree.  The NIH factor is mostly a 
consultancy concern.  That is what is irrelevant. 
Establishing a cooperative relationship was the 
essential accomplishment.

Cooperation is better.  In the end, a market 
enabling a faster evolution for markup technologies 

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

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