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I remember where I was when I first heard about XML

Talking of rises and falls, my mind also meandered its way to mid-1997. Not sure why that year in particular… though there could be many reasons. Hard Reality had just been set up, the 3 of us were freshly installed in Canary Wharf, we were at the height of our skills and notoriety. Keld directed me to an article on the Wired website about a new technology called XML. It struck a chord with me (which rang in tune with my recent extensive reading on SGML). Wired said that it was the language of the future, would engulf the web sweeping all before it. I could see huge potential, but envisaged a good few years before the tangled mess of browsers and standards would truly catch on. It’s great to be a prophet before the event.
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