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 ;-)