One response to “XML is NOT a programming language

  1. Love this explanation, hsikai, as well as the point it makes. I was talking with another friend recently who is also an LIS instructor and Ph.D. about our own experience being taught topics such as metadata and XML. I came out of a tech background and had familiarity with both from that world, and she was a cataloger and so certainly understood markup and the idea of tagging as it exists within XML. Both of us expressed frustration at how we’d felt the topic had been made needlessly complicated when first presented to us, and we watched as other students really struggled to get their heads around what was ultimately just not that complicated! Your post is a great explanation and very well written.

    For those of you that want to explore and learn more, you may wish to visit the W3C – the World Wide Web Consortium – an Internet standards body founded by Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor, as it were, of the World Wide Web, and the main champion of the so-called “semantic web”). Here is the link, but I will post it under separate cover, as well: http://www.w3.org/

    Thanks for posting a graphic with your post, too, hsikai!

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