Purple. No right turn. (Actually, Sagittarius.)
Why the past tense? Actually, I don't recall, but I'm sure it wasn't this.
When I was a kid I delivered packages for a neighborhood drug store. The closest I got to document processing was cranking the mimeograph to produce the sale flyers.
After Ed Mosher and Ray Lorie and I completed our GML project, I decided to pursue some of the ideas further. I felt that a DTD could be created in a form that computers could read, and therefore be able to validate markup without actually processing the document. I proved it in 1974, so I consider that the start of SGML. Of course, it took another decade -- and hundreds of talented people -- to develop it into an International Standard.
Enlightening people -- helping them to understand why SGML is a good thing for them. It's a challenge that all of us face.
Professionally, I'm very proud of having invented SGML, of course. But I'm even prouder of having been entrusted with technical leadership of SGML standards development for the past 19 years. I've been able to work with some wonderful people, and we've formed close friendships that span both continents and generations. Just last week we were meeting and someone came up with a great improvement in the Standard. He was asked "where were you when we did the original design" and he said "in school"!
XML will follow in the successful footsteps of its family -- SGML and HTML -- because it's got the breeding. It's not some instant expert's bright idea, it is a core subset of proven SGML functionality. The Web is the most important publishing development since moveable type and XML will dominate the Web. You can't say more than that!
You can find Dianne Kennedy on the Web at XMLXperts.
To Charles F. Goldfarb's SGML Source Home Page.
© 1998 Charles F. Goldfarb. All rights reserved.
From an article in the Graphic Communications Association's XML Files