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On Jun 5, 2006, at 4:38 PM, Bullard, Claude L ((Len)) wrote:
> 1. 90% of the work was done before the work started because of the
> history of SGML.
> 2. There was no lack of expertise with years of experience.
I think these were two key points. The requirement for SGML
compatibility, plus the expertise from the field that guided SGML
feature selection, resulted in broad consensus. There were already a
number of XML-like subsets out in the wild, and in particular, in 2
commercial browser-like applications (SoftQuad and EBT).
BTW. I should note that the ERB/WG split happened after the group got
big enough to justify the split. There was a lot of formative work
done before the ERB split off.