Charles F. Goldfarb's

Charles F. Goldfarb

Welcome to the SGML Source Home Page.

SGML is the International Standard (ISO 8879) language for structured data and document representation, the basis of HTML and XML and many others. I invented SGML in 1974 and led a 12-year technical effort by several hundred people to develop its present form as an International Standard.

Resources at this Site

The official text of ISO 8879 is described in the Current Text of ISO 8879 (SGML). This area includes the WebSGML Adaptations and the SGML Extended Facilities.

There are things about SGML that deserve more attention than they usually get. Some of them are discussed in these InFrequently Asked Questions (InFAQs).

For history buffs, some reliable papers on the early history of SGML and its precursor, GML, are preserved in the SGML History Niche.

This Web site, like many of the good things in my life, is made possible by my consulting practice, Information Management Consulting.

For journalists and others needing information on my work, photos, bios, and similar resources, see my press kit.

Related Sites

Read my award-winning annotated compilation of All the XML Books in Print.

The International SGML/XML Users' Group (ISUG) has chapters and special interest groups throughout the world.

An outstanding resource for learning more about the SGML and XML family of standards is Robin Cover's Cover Pages.

My XML Handbook is now in its Fifth Edition with over 100,000 copies in print.

Copyright ©2008 Charles F. Goldfarb. All rights reserved. Information on this site cannot be used or cited for any commercial purpose, although links to the site are welcome. Any questions, comments, or suggestions? Write to Charles at the domain