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Kendall Grant Clark

Kendall Grant Clark is the Managing Editor of XML.com and a faculty research associate in the University of Maryland's semantic web lab. He lives in downtown Washington DC.

Articles by this author:

Tools of Change Conference
An announcement of a new O'Reilly conference that will be of interest to XML.com readers. [Dec. 20, 2006]

2006 XML.com Reader Survey
As you may know, we've been retooling our editorial focus during 2005 to concentrate on what the world looks like in the post-core-XML specification era; that is, what happens when we stop working so much on XML as with it? Toward that end, we've prepared a survey for XML.com readers, which I hope you'll take a few minutes to complete. One thing I can promise is that your responses will be studied carefully as I think about the editorial focus of XML.com during 2006.  [Dec. 8, 2005]

XML 2004: After Declaring Victory, What's Next?
As part of our XML 2004 conference coverage, Kendall Clark files his first <taglines/> column, covering the first day of the conference in Washington, DC. [Nov. 17, 2004]

An Old New Thing
In Kendall Clark's first week as managing editor, he says hello to new challenges and old friends. [Jul. 7, 2004]

Mozilla and Opera Renew the Browser Battle
Mozilla and Opera have joined together to drive forward browser standards, in an effort to head off the threat from Microsoft's .NET plans -- and route around a lagging W3C. [Jun. 16, 2004]

Something Useful This Way Comes
The Semantic Web appears to be powering ahead: so why are there so many doubters in the XML world? [Jun. 9, 2004]

Putting ISBNs to Work
Continuing his "Hacking the Library" series, Kendall Clark starts the implementation of a web service tool to retrieve Library of Congress identifiers given the ISBN of a book. [Jun. 2, 2004]

The Courtship of Atom
The Atom syndication specification may move to a new home at the W3C. We look at the advantages this would bring to all concerned. [May. 19, 2004]

Politics By Any Other Name
The recent News.com interview with Bob Glushko spawned a rash of debate among XML developers. The topic? Standards, of course! Kendall Clark offers his own views, and reports on the surrounding community debate. [May. 12, 2004]

Six Steps to LCC@Home
Continuing "Hacking the Library", Kendall Clark shows how to use the Library of Congress Classification on your own book collection. [Apr. 28, 2004]

PyCon 2004: Making Python Faster and Better
Highlights from the annual gathering of Python developers. Including news of Python 2.4, Python on the .NET CLR, web programming and more. [Mar. 31, 2004]

The Library of Congress Comes Home
Embarking on his journey to organize our media collections, Kendall Clark explains how the Library of Congress classification system can be brought into our homes. [Mar. 17, 2004]

Semantic Web Interest Group
Reporting from the first W3C Semantic Web Interest Group meeting in Cannes, France, Kendall Clark describes the wealth of activity in the semantic web world. [Mar. 3, 2004]

Community Developments
After its long focus on the W3C TAG, the XML-Deviant returns its gaze to the XML developer world, taking in developments in RDDL and the new "genx" project. [Feb. 25, 2004]

Geeks and the Dijalog Lifestyle
Much as we'd like, our personal media collections will never be purely digital. Kendall Clark embarks on a new column dedicated to the application of geek know-how to managing the hybrid analog and digital media collections that we own. [Feb. 18, 2004]

Reviewing Web Architecture: Conclusions
Kendall Clark concludes his review of the W3C TAG's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, covering good practice in the separation of form from content and the use of XML vocabularies. [Feb. 11, 2004]

Web Architecture Review: Representation
Kendall Clark continues his look at the W3C Technical Architecture Group's "Architecture of the World Wide Web." This time he examines the third of the key architectural principles set forth in this document: data formats. [Feb. 4, 2004]

Competing Claims and Interaction Types
Continuing his review of the W3C's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark looks further at the principles set out governing interactions on the web. [Jan. 28, 2004]

Interacting with Resources: Web Architecture Review
Continuing his review of the W3C TAG's Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark examines what the document has to say about interacting with web resources. [Jan. 21, 2004]

Concluding, Unscientific Postscript: Web Resource Identification
In his ongoing review of the W3C Technical Architecture Group's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark discusses URI ambiguity, URI opacity and fragment identifiers. [Jan. 14, 2004]

Reviewing Web Architecture: Identification
Continuing his review of the W3C Technical Architecture Group's "Architecture of the World Wide Web", Kendall Clark focuses on the the web's addressing scheme, the URI. [Jan. 7, 2004]

Reviewing Web Architecture
Kendall Clark analyzes the W3C Technical Architure Group's "Architecture of the World Wide Web" document, newly published as a Last Call draft at the W3C. [Dec. 17, 2003]

The TAG's Town Hall
Kendall Clark reports from the public question and answer session with the W3C's Technical Architecture Group, which took place as part of the XML 2003 conference. [Dec. 10, 2003]

Binary Killed the XML Star?
The results of the W3C's workshop on binary XML are less than satisfactory, says Kendall Clark. He also covers a recent and pertinent conversation on XML-DEV about SAX interfaces to binary formats. [Nov. 19, 2003]

The Long, Long Arm of SGML
Commenting on Tim Bray's "UTF-8+names" proposal for creating memorable shortcuts for some Unicode code points, Kendall Clark sees the effort as part of XML's continuing struggle against the legacy of its SGML ancestry. [Nov. 5, 2003]

The XML Book Business
Kendall Clark comments on a recent discussion among XML developers about the unfortunate state of the XML technical book business. [Oct. 29, 2003]

A Web of Rules
In his second report from the International Semantic Web Conference, Kendall Clark discusses the importance of rules to the deployment of the Semantic Web, and highlights the importance of interaction between the academic and free software communities. [Oct. 23, 2003]

Commercializing the Semantic Web
In the first of his reports from the 2nd International Semantic Web Conference, Kendall Clark discusses the path forward for successfully selling and developing Semantic Web technology into industry. [Oct. 22, 2003]

Taking the Pulse of XML Editing
Reporting from a recent vendor conference on XML authoring tools, Kendall Grant Clark presents highlights of interesting tools and an assessment of current trends in XML content creation. [Oct. 1, 2003]

ISO to Require Royalties?
The ISO, a worldwide standards body, is proposing to charge fees for commercial usage in software of their standardized country, language and currency codes. This would have a wide-ranging negative effect on the infrastructure of the web and related standards. Kendall Grant Clark explains the situation and argues against the ISO's proposal. [Sep. 24, 2003]

The Semantic Web is Closer Than You Think
The W3C's web ontology language, OWL, was advanced to become a W3C Candidate Recommendation on 19 August. Kendall Clark explains why it plays a major role in making the Semantic Web a reality. [Aug. 20, 2003]

Binary XML, Again
The old chestnut of a binary encoding for XML has cropped up once more, this in time in serious consideration by the W3C. Kendall Clark comments on the announcement of the W3C's Binary XML Workshop. [Aug. 13, 2003]

Social Meaning and the Cult of Tim
Tim Berners-Lee's decision to take the "social meaning of RDF" issue into the W3C TAG and away from the Semantic Web Coordination Group has proved controversial. Kendall Clark reports on the debate between Pat Hayes and Berners-Lee, and asks if the "cult of Tim" is obscuring rational judgment on this issue. [Jul. 23, 2003]

In the Service of Cooperation Kendall Grant Clark discusses BPEL4WS, DAML-S, WS-Choreography, and the likelihood that BPEL4WS will be the only high-level way of describing composite web services.  [Jul. 8, 2003]

How (Not) to Grow a Technology
Grassroots chaos or death-by-committee? The choice is yours. Kendall Clark looks at strategies for growing XML technologies. [Jun. 25, 2003]

A Tour of the Web Services Architecture
Kendall Clark digs into the latest draft of the W3C's Web Services Architecture document, finding both curious anomaly and commendable progress. [Jun. 18, 2003]

A Community Update
A bulletin from the XML developer community covering the growth of RELAX NG adoption, discussion on the W3C's approach to criticism and an update on the YAML experiment. [Jun. 11, 2003]

The Architecture of Service
An introduction to the W3C's Web Services Architecture Working Group, and its role in defining a coherent architecture for the currently chaotic ecology of web services specifications. [May. 28, 2003]

XHTML is the Most Important XML Vocabulary
Kendall Grant Clark reviews the latest working draft of XHTML 2.0, finds some welcome changes, and stresses the importance of XHTML as a leading XML vocabulary. [May. 21, 2003]

Internationalizing the URI
Kendall Clark describes the hold-ups being suffered by XML due to the transition of URIs to their internationalized replacements, IRIs, as well as reviewing a slew of new XQuery drafts published by the W3C. [May. 7, 2003]

At Microsoft's Mercy
The future of XML editing is pretty much in Microsoft's hands, writes Kendall Grant Clark, reporting on community reaction to the news that Microsoft Office 2003's much-hyped XML features will be restricted to the higher-end versions of the suite. [Apr. 23, 2003]

TAG: Fragment Identifiers, Subsets, and Metadata
In this week's XML-Deviant column Kendall Grant Clark discusses some of the new issues under consideration with the W3C's Technical Architecture Group. [Apr. 16, 2003]

XML Isn't Too Hard
Kendall Clark looks at the responses from other XML experts to Tim Bray's "XML is too hard for programmers" essay. [Apr. 2, 2003]

An XML Hero Reconsiders?
Kendall Grant Clark assesses reaction to an essay by Tim Bray that claimed XML was too difficult to work with. Was Bray right, or is he out of touch? [Mar. 19, 2003]

Truth in Advertising
A survey of recent discussion on the XML-DEV mailing list, including controversy about XML subsetting in JSR 172, whether there should be a central namespace registry, and whether XML-DEV should find a new home. [Mar. 12, 2003]

The Social Meaning of RDF
The W3C is about to undertake a discussion of what the social meaning of RDF is -- what the real world import is of an RDF statement. Kendall Clark previews the debate and recent related discussion. [Mar. 5, 2003]

The Pace of Innovation
Kendall Clark muses on the apparent stall in innovation in XML technology -- is it a sign of failure, or a symptom of success? [Feb. 19, 2003]

Is There a Consensus Web Services Stack?
Kendall Clark examines recent debate as to whether the "web services stack" is a thing of fact or fiction, and also muses on the latest news in relation to web services patents. [Feb. 12, 2003]

The Return of XML Hypertext
Kendall Clark reports on the creation of a new mailing list focused on the use of XML for hypertext. [Jan. 22, 2003]

Creative Comments: On the Uses and Abuses of Markup
The way Creative Commons recommends linking its machine-readable licenses into HTML pages makes little sense, says Kendall Clark, and proposes alternatives. [Jan. 15, 2003]