February 10 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of XML 1.0 by the W3C (although some celebrate Nov 14 1996, the release date of the working draft while others celebrate the anniversary, August 1996, of the conference at which it was first discussed: hey, it's the Web: let a thousand flowers bloom!).
XML has had an incredibly wide and deep impact across industry, science, technology: it is ubiquitous. As a technology it has disrupted the database community and industry, the publishing community and others.
Many data standards groups in the sciences and in industry -- which previously spent their time developing byzantine formats for their particular information needs -- now spend their efforts on developing XML-based byzantine formats for their particular information needs. There are few science, arts, social science or humanities disciplines and industry sectors that do not have one or more FooML-specialized XML dialects for their needs, such as:
- Chemical Markup Language (CML)
- eXploration and Mining Markup Language (XMML)
- Geography Markup Language (GML)
- many, many others...
- Celebrating 10 Years of XML, IBM Systems Journal: Special issue
- XML entry at Wikipedia
- a History of XML
- XML Considered Harmful ;-)