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This list is for resources related to SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) and XML (Extensible Markup Language). There is quite a bit of overlap between the two, so the categorization of some sites is somewhat arbitrary.


  • Archive site for thecomp.text.sgml newsgroup. Files are in the format yymm.tar.gz. Archives cover the years 1990 to 1996.
  • The Debian SGML/XML HOWTO, "contains practical information about the use of SGML and XML on a Debian operating system". Very detailed but requires some familiarity with UNIX/Linux. The emphasis is on using SGML to write documenation.
  • The DocBook DTD. DocBook is an SGML DTD maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee of OASIS. It is particularly well suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software.
  • HyTime Application Development Guide, in HTML format
  • NTSGML, "A brief tutorial on how to set up a free SGML editing and publishing system for Windows NT". It can be modified to run under Windows 95/98.
  • SGML/XML Bibliography, by Robin Cover, part of the XML Cover Pages site.


  • Adobe Acrobat Save as XML Plug-in, for Acrobat 5.0 for Windows, allows you to save PDF files as XML or HTML. Free beta.
  • 03/17/02 Arbortext Think Tank, articles on XML
  • Beyond Text and Graphics: XML makes Web pages function like applications, an article by Todd Freter of Sun
  • 03/17/02 Converting RTF Documents into HTML Documents, using XML as an intermediate format
  • eXtensible Markup Language (XML), a PowerPoint presentation on XML by MacKenzie Smith of Harvard, from March 1998
  • Free XML Tools and Software, "a frequently-updated and hopefully complete index of free XML tools, with much metadata about the tools to make them easier to locate"
  • IBM developerWorks XML zone, large site that goes well beyond IBM's own products, contains articles, columns, discussion forums, tutorials, and more.
  • Introducing the Extensible Markup Language (XML), a page of links to introductory articles about XML and related topics, part of the XML Cover Pages, a good start if you are just learning about XML
  • OASIS The XML Cover Pages, (formerly The SGML/XML Web Page)." The XML Cover Pages is a comprehensive online reference work for the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and its parent, the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). The reference collection features extensive documentation on the application of the open, interoperable "markup language" standards, including XSL, XSLT, XPath, XLink, XPointer, HyTime, DSSSL, CSS, SPDL, CGM, ISO-HTML, and others."
  • Open Source Metadata Framework, a project with the goal of using XML to collect data about open source documenation
  • O'Reilly, large resource centre sponsored by O'Reilly publishers, many articles
  • XML page, large collection of links to XML-related resources
  • Using Content-Based Markup to Multi-Purpose Technical Documentation, an article by Tony Stevens of Turn-Key Systems. "This is a case study of creating a user manual which is deployed in a number of different ways, including paper and an on-line HTML help system. The manual is maintained as a single XML document."
  • Using XML in a Multi-Format Publishing Environment, an article by G.J. Nolan of Turn-Key Systems. "This paper illustrates techniques which can be used to simplify markup design and document maintenance, and facilitate the further processing of the stored information, both for publishing and for utilities such as table and index extraction."
  • W3C XML page, contains the working drafts of W3C recommendations related to XML and links to other resources
  • XML Magazine, online version of the print magazine, most of the content of the current issue is available online
  •, "the XML industry portal", news and information about practical applications of XML in business and industry
  • XML FAQ, version 2.1 updated January 2002 maintained by members of the XML special interest group of the W3C
  • XML 101, excellent web site with lots of articles aimed at introducing you to XML, DTDs, XSL, and DOM.

Keith Soltys -- keith@soltys-DELETETHIS.CA