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Re: [xml-dev] [October, 2006] Tim Berners-Lee: the attempt to getthe world to switch to XML ... didn't work

On Fri, 2011-04-08 at 08:50 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> On 4/8/11 7:47 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
>  The attempt
> >      to get the world to switch to XML, including quotes around
> >      attribute values and slashes in empty tags and namespaces
> >      all at once didn't work.
> Yeah, it didn't.  I don't think TimBL ever really "got" XML, though, 

A lot didn't.  At no point did I ever expect XML to replace HTML, and
wen I joined W3C years later, I was surprised to see that management
seemed to view XML as basically a failed attempt to replace HTML.

For a while, NCSA Mosaic had a "Bad HTML" icon that lit up on errors; if
Netscape and IE had followed that lead maybe it might have made a
difference, but it's too late now.


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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