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

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Understanding Sophisticated Markup Vocabularies

If you want to understand the topic maps paradigm, you must understand something about markup vocabularies in general that is not yet widely understood: the structure of an interchangeable resource is not necessarily the same as the structure of the information that is being conveyed.

Back in 1986, SGML had just been adopted by the community of nations as the one-and-only markup language for everything and everybody. But Charles Goldfarb, its inventor and guardian, knew that much work remained to be done. He saw that many kinds of multimedia information and many business niches for such information would continue to be invented indefinitely. One of the things he wanted to do was to show that SGML ...

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