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XML Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 1. Introducing XML

Working groups within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) started developing eXtensible Markup Language (XML) in 1996. Their goal was simple: develop a version of the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) that could be used efficiently on the Web, and this is exactly what was done. By November 1996, the W3C working groups had drafted a document that outlined XML’s basic structure and functionality. Throughout 1997, the W3C and its member groups continued to develop and expand XML. XML got a lot of praise in certain circles, especially within the SGML community. However, few people in the mainstream knew much about XML—and mainstream awareness is what XML needed to really take off.

That all began to change around ...

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