Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Standard Generalized Markup Language
The Publications Division recognized that national and corporate information is an asset and established a Development and Production Group in 1987 devoted to the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). This language has been specified as part of the CALS Initiative that addresses the difficulties of information assets growing to unmanageable proportions where problems include too much scientific and technical information for personnel to manage; the difficulty of sharing or reusing information; time-consuming and expensive search and retrieval; difficulty of moving information across computer platforms; and extensive information resident in technical reports, journals, procedures, and records.
SGML uses a different approach that is not format-dependent, but emphasizes information content which provides the basis for selecting software tools. Editing tools currently in use include Author/Editor, Checkmark, and IntelliTAG. Core technical tools include XTRAN, Rulesbuilder, and ARC SGML. Other support tools implemented include FORTRAN, TEX, and TagWrite. With these tools in place, the SGML team can now:
Perform a comprehensive document analysis and generate document type definitions from scratch;
Use MIL-M-38784 series and MIL-STD-28001 as a basis for application development;
Perform high-level and low-level analysis of publishing environments, conversion applications, software testing and evaluation;
Review the work of other vendors that have developed SGML applications.
The SGML Group began servicing the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1990, expanded to the Army and Defense Logistics Agency in 1991, and to other activities in 1992. The track record for accomplishments is new, but it has the foundation for strong information management capabilities.
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