RE: TECHWR-L: XML & the future of tech writing (topic from last week) LONG

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L: XML & the future of tech writing (topic from last week) LONG
From: Jim Shaeffer <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 09:09:59 -0500

The predictions from Chris Knight's post (beginning with

> I want to reply to some of the points raised to my message
> about XML and the future of tech writing)

have already come true. Just substitute SGML for XML and
eliminate the predictions about what 'every' tech writer
will be doing.
A few years ago, under the influence of an STC conference, I
wrote a similar memo to my management about how we would all
have to start using SGML.
Never happened. We still don't use SGML.
I know, XML is supposedly more economical to use. Also, it
has strong geek support, so it is not a 'document centric'
technology (SGML was always perceived as such).

Jim Shaeffer (jims -at- spsi -dot- com)

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