XML is ASCII for the 21st century
n ASCII (ISO 646) solved a fundamental
interchange problem for flat text documents
What bits encode what characters
(For a pretty parochial definition of 'character')
n UNICODE/ISO 10646 extends that solution
to the whole world
n XML thought it was doing the same for simple
tree-structured documents
The emphasis in the XML design was on
simplifying SGML to move it to the Web
XML didn't touch SGML's architectural vision
flexible linearisation/transfer syntax
for tree-structured documents with internal links