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Webinar: The History, Nature, and Future of Markup and Markdown

  • April 18, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Are you someone who has heard terms like "markup" and "markdown"? Who has encountered acronyms like XML, JSON, and YAML and would like to learn more? This webinar will cover the development, essential characteristics, major usages, and history of these technologies. We'll look at usage paradigms, the embracement of XML by metadata standards, and the unique role played by HTML. We'll also look at some of the shortcomings of XML, and how those gave rise to a new generation of simpler languages that are more amenable to both processing by machines and authoring by humans. And we'll close with a prediction for what the future holds in this area.

Presenter: Greg Janée, University of California, Santa Barbara


The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities.


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