James Clark is an Englishman who has been lucky in life to the extent that he can turn his formidable talents to whatever most interests him. Fortunately for the worlds of publishing technology, what mosts interest him is software, typesetting, and structured documents. He is the author of groff, SP, and Jade; SP has come, in a practical way, to serve as the real-world definition of what SGML is and is not. He has already, in XML's short life, made some major technical contributions and, as usual, made them freely available for everyone.
His position in the XML activity as "technical lead" meant, in practice, that whenever he said something, the rest of the group took it very seriously. His contributions to the design of XML included its name, the empty-element tag syntax, and many other crucial aspects.
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