SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) is an ISO standard (ISO 8879:1986) which supplies a formal notation for the definition of generalized markup languages. A simplified form of SGML called XML (Extensible Markup Language) is being developed through the agency of W3C as an application profile of SGML, optimized for use on the Internet. SGML and XML markup languages provide for the structuring and hypertext linking of document and database information in a vendor-neutral, machine-independent, and human-readable format.
This SGML/XML Web Page is an online database of SGML/XML reference information and software, designed to make these resources freely accessible to the public by means of a Web browser. Information is supplied for the entire family of SGML and XML standards, including HyTime, DSSSL, XSL, XLL, XPointer, XLink, SPDL, CGM, ISO-HTML, and others.
The SGML/XML Web Page is a reference collection which currently hosts over 2400 documents. The collection includes a comprehensive annotated and linked bibliography for SGML, with over 2000 bibliographic entries. It features a news column entitled What's New, providing daily or weekly updates on SGML/XML resources and industry initiatives. The SGML/XML Web Page provides comprehensive and cumulative information resources, including: online SGML/XML tutorials and introductions; description of SGML/XML user groups, SIGS, and industry consortia; case studies on the use of SGML/XML within industry, government and academic sectors; detailed conference, workshop, and seminar listings; categorized description of SGML/XML software; contact information for SGML/XML software developers and service providers; technical reference materials for SGML/XML implementors and programmers; answers to some SGML/XML 'frequently-asked-questions' (FAQs); information on standards related to SGML/XML.
The SGML/XML Web Page endeavors to provide an industry-neutral repository of information that can serve as a pre-competitive basis for SGML/XML development and support -- commercial and non-commercial. It also attempts to provide assistance to users who are evaluating the merits of SGML/XML as an enabling technology, potentially of importance in their information management and publishing needs. These goals provide a rationale for the cumulative nature of the collection, as well as for the database organization. The document collection embeds links to the online SGML/XML resources within descriptive prose, supported by a detailed subject-oriented document hierarchy.
Documents in the database collection have been maintained by hand over a long period of time, so their liabilities are legion. Users are urged to take cognizance of the published disclaimers and caveats having to do with data integrity, accuracy, currency, and 'copyright'.
This database is maintained by Robin Cover. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.