XML's proof

tiernan ray tiernan at tiernan.net
Mon Sep 14 10:28:31 BST 1998

To the list:

Hi. I am a journalist putting together a popular "Internet guide" type
of article for Fortune Magazine, to appear in November. I've been
following XML since Spring of last year, and I've been following this
mailing list in the past couple of months. I must say as a casual
observer, watching from the sidelines, and with little technical
authority, I'm nonetheless quite inspired by what you folks are
discussing and by the possibilities that XML offers. I've read the W3C's
volume on XML, published by O'Reilly, in which many of you have written
excellent, thoughtful articles, and I've been playing with some of the
Mozilla stuff. While all this is still a work in progress, I generally
assume you folks are all fairly bright and will make this stuff happen,
ultimately. I plan to present XML in my article as one of the
fundamental changes that will take place on the Web over the next year
to year-and-a-half.

My primary source of inspiration is the work Netscape has done with its
UI -- the RDF work, fetching the front-end from the network, and letting
Web sites configure browser tool bars, etc. And, of course, what each of
you has written on the importance of XML for organizing  libraries of
knowledge in domains, such as math and chemistry, and for making
possible new, non-browser types of applications. At any rate, as a
journalist I think XML sounds like a great step forward for the Web and
I plan to give this a positive spin in my Fortune piece. If anyone would
like to add to/quibble with my views, please by all means do so.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Tiernan Ray
freelance journalist

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