XML 2006 conference: putting the world between angle brackets

by Andy Oram

I was impressed with the size of the <XML2006> conference (a name that must have been chosen by a designer, not by anyone who has to write Web pages), which took place in Boston this week. Rooms were overflowing for many topics, indicating that several large industries and government bodies have settled on XML for document storage and automated text manipulation. Microsoft Office still seems the editor of choice for most people writing and editing documents. The poor XML output of Office is a major irritant.