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Happy birthday XML

Sunday, February 10, 2008 by Dave Winer.

According to Tim Bray, and he ought to know, today is the 10th birthday of XML.  Permalink to this paragraph

XML is good basic technology that we've built lots of stuff on.  Permalink to this paragraph

It's certainly not perfect, but nothing is, it's a good example of Less Is More and Worse Is Better.  Permalink to this paragraph

It has also been the subject of many dramatic political battles. But thankfully, that seems to be behind us now. Today, we just use XML, and it serves us well. Permalink to this paragraph

Thanks to the originators of XML and the W3C for seeing it through. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

PS: My branch of the RSS tree was 10 years old in December, and XML-RPC will celebrate its 10th in March. This period in 1997 and 1998 was, in retrospect, a very productive period in web tech. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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