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Re: XML *is* SGML

From: Bert Bos <bbos@mygale.inria.fr>
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 14:57:42 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199705151257.OAA13753@mygale.inria.fr>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
James Clark writes:
 > At 21:22 14/05/97 +0200, Bert Bos wrote:
 > >That is not much of a reason. XML is not SGML, except very
 > >superficially.
 > XML *is* SGML.  The spec explicitly lists as one of the design goals:
 >   XML shall be compatible with SGML.
 > This has been a goal of the XML effort from the very beginning.  It is a
 > goal that has had an enormous impact on the design of XML and it is a goal
 > that has been achieved: all XML documents are conforming SGML documents (or
 > will be in a couple of months once the SGML TC passes).

This is ironic. The goal was to have *existing SGML software* read XML
documents, not to make XML SGML-compatible coûte que coûte.

I know about the TC. It fixes some problems with SGML but it is a
band-aid. Useful for some people, no doubt, but irrelevant for XML.

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