Re: Where does the term "element" come from?
Guess it's a good thing they didn't see a rhinoceros! On Dec 24, 2009, at 10:45 AM, Liam Quin wrote: > On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 07:27:51AM -0500, Costello, Roger L. wrote: >> This is a book element: >> >> <book>...</book> >> >> Why "element"? >> Who decided to call it element? > > Actually it is because of a transcription error. > > Descriptive markup was first used in the 1950s by naturalists > in Africa, and read out loud over the radio to a base station > where they were carefully written down with a pen. > > The person at the base station misheard and wrote "element" > instead of "elephant" and the mistake has stuck with us > ever since. > > :-) > > Liam > > -- > Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/ > http://www.holoweb.net/~liam/ * http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ > > _______________________________________________________________________ > > XML-DEV is a publicly archived, unmoderated list hosted by OASIS > to support XML implementation and development. To minimize > spam in the archives, you must subscribe before posting. > > [Un]Subscribe/change address: http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/ > Or unsubscribe: email@example.com > subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org > List archive: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php >
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