It’s nice when The Reg covers my speeches, but it raises an issue that I guess I’m going to have to address every year until I die. I am neither the father nor inventor of XML!
As I said on Slashdot years ago, “There were 11 other people on the committee and a couple hundred more in the discussion group. Geez.”
I put more work into XML than most, in particular co-editing the actual spec with Michael Sperberg-McQueen (he wrote 80%, I wrote 40% and was slasher-in-chief). Then for a while, I was XML’s unofficial Chief Marketing Officer, and that was great fun, but ended more or less as the last millennium did.
But every single person who served on the original Working Group (a dozen or so) and Interest Group has a fair claim to be “co-inventor of XML”, and that’s what I say when people ask me.
[This subject is kind of embarrassing, so I will probably reject all comments unless they’re really funny.]