[LMB] SGML vs. HTML, Tim Berners-Lee, way OT:
mallums at tyler.net
Tue Apr 25 13:18:37 BST 2006
Owing to a huge mistake on my part, I can't quote the original message,
and owing to my terrible memory, I can't remember it very well, either,
but I believe it was Alfred Kelgarries who objected to my post that Web
inventor Tim Berners-Lee called the presentation language HTML a subset
of document language SGML only to woo a certain camp of computer geeks.
The short anwser is: I don't know. I was relating the (possibly
apocryphal) anecdote, not quoting canon. However, the story seems at
least plausible, in spite of Alfred's objection. In my opinion, HTML
was *inspired* by SGML, not so much derived from it. I once had a book
on SGML, and I tried following the format through to HTML, and couldn't
make head nor tail of it. However, that is just a failing of mine, and
not proof. Certainly it is possible to create a whatsit  for HTML
from SGML, which has, as Alfred points out, has been done.
I concede that this issue is not very pertinent to LMB, so I'm going
drop it hereafter.
 My memory fails me for the correct terminolgy. I was never an
expert on SGML.
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