Dave put in quite a few years in Bell Labs, then quite a few more at Hewlett-Packard. At HP, he presided first over a heroic effort to put SGML to work in an industrial publishing environment, then over one of the first and still largest-scale corporate web-site and intranet roll-outs.
In the course of the XML discussions, Dave often served as the representative of the industrial information provider, arguing at high volume and with great persuasiveness for design choices that would maximize, above all else, interoperability in XML documents.
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