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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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Chapter 3. A Perspective on the Quest for Global Knowledge Interchange

Steven R. Newcomb

(includes some material cowritten with Michel Biezunski)

In 1989, Yuri Rubinsky[1] made a video that he hoped would compel any viewer to grasp the importance of SGML, the ISO standard metalanguage from which has come much of the “Internet revolution,” including HTML and XML. The intent of the video was to dramatize the enormous significance of a simple but revolutionary idea: any information—any information—can be marked up in such a way as to be parsable (understandable, in a certain basic sense) by a single, standard piece of software, by any computer application, and even by human readers using their eyes and brains.

[1] Yuri Rubinsky (1952–1996) was not ...

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