[Mirrored from http://www.cssc.ca/eulogy/eulogy.html, August 10, 1996.]

In Memory of Yuri Rubinsky

The Canadian Strategic Software Consortium (CSSC) would like to recognize the contributions of one of its founding members, Mr. Yuri Rubinsky who died suddenly on January 21, 1996.

Yuri was born in Lebanon in 1952. Three years later, his family moved to Canada, where he grew up in the Ontario towns of St. Catherines and Sarnia. After graduating from Brock University, he studied architecture at the University of Toronto.

Yuri went on to become co-founder and President of SoftQuad Inc., where he was a driving force behind the success of the company. Besides his day to day work with SoftQuad, he was a pre-eminent figure in the development and acceptance of Structured General Markup Language (SGML) as a standard and was a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force working group which is developing and maintaining Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). Mr. Rubinsky was also a member of the IW3C2, the organizing committee for the World Wide Web Conferences. He also chaired the international working group creating product documentation within STEP, a family of electronic product data standards tying together computer-aided design, manufacturing and life cycle support for manufacturing industries. Yuri also served on the NATO Industry Advisory Group's CALS (Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistics Support) Study technical standards team in the area of standards for publishing.

The CSSC, like the rest of the software industry, has benefited from its contact with Yuri. The members of the consortium will miss his vision and guidance over the remainder of the project, but are thankful for his contributions to date.

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