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A few years ago at an early XML conference, an attendee made the point that XML was such a useful technology for data portability that it would eventually become ubiquitous - part of every tool, server, and application. He went on to predict that XML would become so commonplace that the idea of attending an XML conference would eventually seem silly. "In a few years, a conference on XML will seem as ridiculous as a conference on ASCII would today," he quipped. He was on the right track, but by focusing on XML only as a way to move data between proprietary applications even this bullish prognosticator was quite likely understating XML's long-term potential to improve the capabilities of information systems. XML has been a smashing success. It's widely used in publishing as a lightweight alternative to SGML for separating form and content. It plays a key role in mes... (more)