"The combination of hypertext and a global Internet started a
revolution. A new ingredient, XML, is poised to finish the
"Extensible Markup Language... is a new language designed to...
make information self-describing. This simple-sounding change in
how computers communicate has the potential to extend the Internet
beyond information delivery to many other kinds of human activity.
Indeed, since XML was completed in early 1998 by the World Wide Web
Consortium (usually called the W3C), the standard has spread like
wildfire through science and into industries ranging from
manufacturing to medicine..."