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Why do you want to escape? I am proud of having an
SGML background. This has been a fun party for a long
time with lots of nice and creative people. Frack!
Who could ask for more?
It isn't strange. Pioneers in the markup field worked
for some number of years to plan standards for hypermedia
based on markup systems. From the perspectives of their
zeitgeist, they worked out solutions. The web design,
particularly the design of HTML and the web presentation
browsing system, is a class of hypertext system. The
original Hytime work starts with a similar class of system.
Think of it as the requirements for the specification of
a system to be built. As work progressed, they discovered
by research into existing systems and building others, some
common problems. Again, from their own perspective, the
It is a decade on into the development of web hypermedia
systems, and for various reasons, markup is the central
data model. That one should be discovering similar
requirements and that these should have similar solutions
should not surprise anyone. It is no different than
exploring a country new to the explorer, but common to
its natives. After awhile, a merging of skills, names,
techniques, etc. emerge in a common technical culture.
That is why some refer to XML by "SGML as practiced".
Too much is made of the accomplishments of XML and not
enough of the community as a whole. I believe
that to be a personal thing for some. In effect, as said
often before, the same people are pursuing overlapping
visions now just as the have for over three decades in
some cases, and one in others. But it's all markup, a
data model technology.
From: Mike Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
And I'm not by any means suggesting that we admit the error of our ways and study the SGML Bible as the
source of fundamental truth. I'm just marvelling at how this damn thing is sortof a strange attractor
that we keep circling around, but can't escape.