TIP: Borrow strength from successful projects

This is one of the reason standards like XML works, with no resistance from competing vendors

  • No excuse for resisting SGML: there had been 15 years of SGML, so there was a really good set of knowledge as to how markup and text should work, and
  • Resisting URLs would be suicidal: Web had been around for five years, so we knew how URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) worked, and
  • No excuse for resisting Unicode: Unicode had been around, so we knew how to do internationalization.

XML just took those solved problems, packaged them up neatly and got consensus on it all.

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