"I want to discuss what I consider one of the worst mistakes of the current software world, embedded markup, which is, regrettably, the heart of such current standards as SGML and HTML... There is no one reason this approach is wrong; I believe it is wrong in almost every respect. But I must be honest and acknowledge my objection as a serious paradigm conflict, or (if you will) religious conflict.... SGML's advocates expect, or wish to enforce, a universal linear representation of hierarchical content. I believe that if this is a factual claim of appropriateness, it is a delusion; if it is an enforcement, it is an intolerable imposition which drastically curtails the representation of of non-hierarchical media structure."
- Ted Nelson, "Embedded Markup Considered Harmful".
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