[rescue] [off-topic] What was this markup language?

John Francini francini at mac.com
Wed Dec 9 17:24:07 CST 2015

Except that they did NOT steer clear of calling it *ML: SDML, Standard Digital
Markup Language.

Documentation for DECdocument (formerly VAX Document) here:


> On 9 Dec 2015, at 15:42 , Mike Meredith <very at zonky.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:57:58 -0600, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>> Are you sure it wasn't GML the tool used? It was the predecessor to
>> SGML, XML and HTML. I once, s long, long, long time ago attended an
>> IBM presentation at Princeton given by IBM researchers for the
>> benefit of the employees of their large local clients (pharma, oil,
>> telco), probably 1982/1983 timeframe.
> I suspect DEC would have steered clear of anything that mixed
> "documents" and "*ML*" given how closely it was tied to IBM. A good
> chunk of SCRIPT/GML/SGML tools would probably have been "IBM Internal
> Use Only".
> As an aside, GML started off as a set of macros for SCRIPT which joined
> IBM from MIT, and is itself a descendent of RUNOFF.
> --
> Mike Meredith (http://zonky.org/)
> Any civilization where the main symbol of religious veneration is a tool
> of execution is a bad place to have children.
>  -- Charles Stross
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