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Structured Markup on the Web: A Tale of Two Sites



Joshua Lubell


Business and organizations are increasingly finding that HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language)offers no help whatsoever in managing the information on their web sites. SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) provides the flexibility and reuse lacking in HTML. However, SGML alone does not address the problems involved in maintaining on-line document repositories. Although traditional database management systems are clumsy at managing hyperlinked documents, a system combining SGML, database technology, and the protocols of the Web can provide a reasonably robust environment for developing and maintaining a web site. Two possible site designs employing SGML are discussed and evaluated with respect to a set of design objectives and choices. The likely impact of the emerging XML (eXtensible Markup Language) standard on web site design is also discussed.
Markup Languages: Theory and Practice
No. 3


database, HTML, Hyperlinks, SGML, World Wide Web, XML


Lubell, J. (1999), Structured Markup on the Web: A Tale of Two Sites, Markup Languages: Theory and Practice (Accessed March 5, 2024)
Created September 1, 1999, Updated February 17, 2017