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- From: Paul Spencer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 15:47:06 +0100
let's see. XML is a "standard", so we could start with that. Then it is pretty
much "generalized". And it's used for "markup". That just leaves the
"metalanguage". SGMML anyone?
Is XML a "language"? Or is it a meta-language?
If XML had been called
Extensible Markup Meta Language (XMML) we might have
been on more accurate
ground. But, peering more closely, is XML really
extensible? If XML allows an
essentially infinite number of element names in
what way is it "extensible"
in the way that it is often hyped to be?
In practice, of course, there would have been major problems in defining
*any* term which adequately and accurately represented what XML is to a