GedML: Genealogical Data in XML

Michael Kay M.H.Kay at
Mon Apr 20 18:04:40 BST 1998

Announcing GedML

I have put together a proposal and some simple software for
handling genealogical data in XML. This takes the data model
of the well-established GEDCOM standard and represents it
with the encoding syntax of XML. The immediate benefit, I
hope, is that it becomes much easier to write applications
that process the data, because you don't have to worry about
the parsing, character encoding, etc.

Details on

All comments welcome, especially (from this group) on the
DTD design. But bear in mind that 100% object model
compatibility with GEDCOM was a key objective.

"Compatibility means deliberately repeating other people's

Mike Kay

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