UnConventional Thoughts

by Kurt Cagle

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Covering a show like the XML 2005 conference has been an intriguing experience in trying to capture the fleeting moments, worthwhile news and impressions while at the same trying to make sense of a technical movement that is simultaneously up to date and stretching back decades.

The story of XML is, for all the dry specifications and eye-crossing syntax, ultimately a very human story of people who recognized a need – the need to communicate, to express ourselves in an open manner that could carry through the ages not just in the dialect of humans but in the often finicky and precise language of computers – and who have spent much of their lives going through the difficult task of getting people to reach come to a consensus on the very nature of language itself. (Article Continues ...)