Standard Generalized Markup Language

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SGML is the grandfather of both HTML and XML.

SGML is the root of most modern markup languages, but it's also such a behemoth that it's very difficult to implement fully-compliant SGML applications.

Simplified SGML + hyperlinks + document structure DTD = HTML.

Simplified SGML = XML.

SGML is defined in ISO8879, and can be yours for only $130 as of 1/2/2003.

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