Inline markup considered harmful?

Robin Cover robin at
Fri Jun 11 20:55:01 BST 1999

On Fri, 11 Jun 1999, DuCharme, Robert wrote:

> For those who are interested in learning more, Ted Nelson's essay
> "Embedded Markup Considered Harmful" is included in the O'Reilly/W3C
> 1997 book "XML Principles, Tools and Techniques."

For those not familiar with the utter brilliance of Ted
Nelson (the world should have a few more like him!) see
for example

  "Ted Nelson's Computer Paradigm,
   Expressed as One-Liners"

Among which we find:

   Trying to fix HTML is like trying to graft arms and legs
   onto hamburger.  There's got to be something better -- but
   XML is the same thing and worse.  EMBEDDED MARKUP IS A CANCER. 

(see the "HTML" section)

*apologies for failing to use transquotation strings (TQstrings)
 as required by the Transcopyright


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