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Re: Who thought up term XML?

The name XML was, if I recall, already making the rounds at SGML-Europe '96
which was in Munich that May. What came to be called XML was, however,
more than momentum in the context of the W3c
to "standardize" a SGML paradigm
(tag and entity normalized) for the Web that most of used anyway
in our projects
for years (to save the expense of dealing with all the baggage of SGML,
validation, etc. in all our applications). The gag was that in the context
HTML/WWW and the desire (going back to the earliest moments
of the WWW which it
should be recalled where much motivated by want of a "poor-mans"
Dynatext) to
become SGMLish resulted in the choice of name as XML.

Unfortunately what started off as a generic SGML subset for the Web to rally
support (beyond CALS) for SGML/HyTime got sidetracked and turned (in the
tradition of the rest of the Web) into a Golem for SGML/HyTime.... becoming,
in effect, X for erasure of SGML/HyTime by the end of 1998 :-)

Edward C. Zimmermann, Basis Systeme netzwerk, Munich
Office Leo (R&D):
   Leopoldstrasse 53-55, D-80802 Munich,
   Federal Republic of Germany

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