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This enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent.This edition supersedes the previous W3C Recommendation of 16 August 2006.Please report errors in this document to the public [email protected] list; public archives are available.This document specifies a syntax created by subsetting an existing, widely used international text processing standard (Standard Generalized Markup Language, ISO 8886(E) as amended and corrected) for use on the World Wide Web.It is a product of the XML Core Working Group as part of the XML Activity. As a convenience to readers, it incorporates the changes dictated by the accumulated errata (available at to the Fourth Edition of XML 1.0, dated 16 August 2006.It was chaired by Jon Bosak of Sun Microsystems with the active participation of an XML Special Interest Group (previously known as the SGML Working Group) also organized by the W3C.
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