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Re: [xml-dev] What constitutes a "markup language"? What is an"information exchange language"? When do data exchanges not exchangeinformation?

Hmm, I don’t think I agree with this statement – it might help if I understood what alternatives Rick was suggesting…

If all you’re interested in is basic/typographic mark-up, then I suppose HTML or mark-down/wiki would be fine.  But if the information you want to mark up is at all bespoke, what mark-up language would be better than XML?  SGML, possibly, but only if you consider the act of marking up in isolation, as Steve points out, and are willing to forgo the established tool-sets in use.


From: Rick Jelliffe <rjelliffe@allette.com.au>
Date: Saturday, 2 May 2015 04:45
To: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org>
Cc: "xml-dev@lists.xml.org" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] What constitutes a "markup language"? What is an "information exchange language"? When do data exchanges not exchange information?

XML is a markup language by DNA but it is not really a syntax good for marking up documents with, meaning the activity of marking up not the result: contrast with HTML which retains tag and delimiter omission a la SGML.

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