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To: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@-----.--->
Date: 12/24/2009 3:46:00 PM
On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 07:27:51AM -0500, Costello, Roger L. wrote: > This is a book element: > > <book>...</book> > > Why "element"? > Who decided to call it element? Actually it is because of a transcription error. Descriptive markup was first used in the 1950s by naturalists in Africa, and read out loud over the radio to a base station where they were carefully written down with a pen. The person at the base station misheard and wrote "element" instead of "elephant" and the mistake has stuck with us ever since. :-) Liam -- Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/ http://www.holoweb.net/~liam/ * http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ _______________________________________________________________________ XML-DEV is a publicly archived, unmoderated list hosted by OASIS to support XML implementation and development. To minimize spam in the archives, you must subscribe before posting. [Un]Subscribe/change address: http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/ Or unsubscribe: xml-dev-unsubscribe@l... subscribe: xml-dev-subscribe@l... List archive: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php