Inline markup considered harmful?

David Megginson david at
Fri Jun 11 20:10:08 BST 1999

Robin Cover writes:

 > On Fri, 11 Jun 1999, David Megginson wrote:
 > > Way back in the 1980's, about 40 Internet years ago, the computer part
 > > Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo
 > > (Ontario) published a short monograph on this issue.  I no longer have
 > > my copy, and remember neither the title nor author, but the premise
 > > was that inline markup like SGML should be considered harmful, and
 > > that out-of-line markup was much more flexible (since you can apply
 > > more than one hierarchy to the same content).
 > Not from "Way back in the 1980s," but perhaps what you were
 > thinking of was Raymond's TR (an early version of the
 > monograph I reviewed was called "Markup Considered Harmful?".)

Thanks, Robin, yes, that's it.  It cannot really be 1993, though,
because I'm certain that I read it while I was still a graduate
student in Toronto, and I had left Toronto for a teaching appointment
in Ottawa in summer 1992.  Memory fades with age, I guess.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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