"The year 1999 was a banner one for expanding XML, which has
matured to the point where Web developers will be able to deploy it
"XML takes over where HTML left off, but XML doesn't expand HTML
with new tags. XML is a common set of tools that lets developers
create any tags they wish and express them in plain text within a
Web-browser-readable XML document. Documents can contain tags for
marking music, chemical symbols, electronic data interchange, and
anything else for which a developer writes tags to convey. In
short, media should become as easy to build into Web pages as
images are today...."
"So it was that in 1999, XML saw three prior drafts go all the
way to recommendations, which is W3C-speak for acceptance. Also,
three important new working drafts appeared...."
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