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   Re: [xml-dev] What is XML For?

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alaric@alaric-snell.com (Alaric Snell) writes:
>> Au contraire.  XML was *designed* as SGML-lite in the first place.
>I wasn't there, but I imagine the people who made it first had a
>statement of problem (which I imagine was along the lines of "Hmmm,
>HTML is a mess and everyone's producing content as HTML even though it
>has myriad forms of other structures behind it that are lost to
>automated processing when turned into HTML. What shall we do?") that
>preceded "Hey, let's make a simple subset of SGML" by at least one
>fiftieth of a second?

Given that XML came pretty completely out of the SGML community, I don't
think it's surprising that they felt SGML had a lot to offer.  There may
be a few exceptions, but for the most part I think it's fair to say that
these people were immersed in SGML.

Now if the ASN.1 community had had a similar idea... maybe they will

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