XML: Prior art or the missing tag?

XML: The missing tag?During my holiday travels this year I discovered what may be the “missing tag” in Carnac, south-west Brittany. Here is photographic evidence that 7,000 years ago neolithic technologists were interested in structured markup.

Interestingly, the glyphs represented don’t seem to be present in the latest version of the Unicode standard. Did our ancestors know something we don’t?

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6 Responses to “XML: Prior art or the missing tag?”

  1. Dominic Mitchell

    Actually, I think they were using SGML, as evidenced by implicit close tag.

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  2. Richard Padley

    Dom, I guess you’re right. SGML or even GML maybe!

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  3. Brad Scott

    Or was the end tag at the other end of the woods?

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  4. Richard Padley

    I went all the way to the end of forest (EOF) and I couldn’t find a closing tag :-)

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  5. Sean Harrop

    Maybe their early ideas just weren’t well-formed enough?

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