Re: [unrev-II] Fw: HTML, XML, and DocBook for beginners

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 22:25:47 PST

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    On Wed, 21 Feb 2001, Henry van Eyken wrote:

    > If markup languages are to gain broad acceptance then it is essential that
    > thought be given to how to communicate with plain folk. Hence my question, is
    > there a simple, concise overview available - a roadmap to show the lay of the
    > land?

    Charles Goldfarb, the father of markup languages and the 'G' in GML and
    SGML, has some historical stuff on GML and SGML at:

    Jon Bosak, one of the authors of the XML spec and possibly still a member
    of this list, has some personal recollections on the birth of XML at:

    I'm not sure of good sources of information on the birth of TeX, HTML, and
    roff on the Web, but I know of several good books on these topics. Donald
    Knuth has covered TeX exhaustively in _The TeXBook_ and _Digital
    Typography_. Tim Berners-Lee talks about HTML in _Weaving the Web_. I
    don't know of an authoritative book that describes the story of roff and
    its successors, but Peter Salus's <i>A Quarter Century of UNIX</i> talks
    about it briefly. (The book I'm currently writing has some anecdotes
    about the BSD version of troff and about groff.)


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