It is time to make ourselves clear

B. Tommie Usdin

Mulberry Technologies

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It is time to make ourselves clear

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2017
August 1 - 4, 2017


We, the markup community, have for too long pussy-footed around in a misguided effort to get along with the unenlightened. We have compromised, equivocated, and taken one thing after another into consideration. That time is over. It is time for us to insist that the world straighten up and fly right. To stand up and put our collective feet down! Start marking up documents with explicit tags, no more of this word-processor hide-the-markup stuff. Separate content from format! Make all publications accessible! Enable interoperability! We know what’s right; let’s do it and demand that others do, too!

Well, if they don’t mind. And if they can afford it. And if it won’t break any current systems, and nobody is offended. Of course.