Ten years ago I was struggling to learn HTML. Then along came this new technology called XML, which quickly captured my attention and interest. As I learned XML, the questions I had with HTML vanished.
I have spent the last 10 years immersed in the XML family of technologies.
I am impressed with HTML. It is the most thoroughly scrutinized and most widely implemented markup language in the world. Spending time thoroughly learning HTML has been time well spent. It has helped me with designing better XML. It’s been a full circle: XML helped me to understand HTML, and HTML has helped me to understand XML.
The HTML family of technologies run within a browser. As I learn the HTML technologies, I have come to appreciate the browser as a remarkably flexible web application. By focusing on HTML and its family of technologies I have come to learn about flexible web application design.