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April 12, 2003

XML + History = HEML

Cool stuff! The Historical Event Markup and Linking Project is developing XML schema for describing events, locations, etc. It gives you multiple ways to store and display the unfolding of history.

Around ten years ago some teachers and I wrote a proposal to Apple (never funded) for something called The Boswell Project. We were going to build a tool for kids to analyze the lives of individuals as a way to study history. It was going to be HyperCard-based and the resulting files would be shared and compared clunkily by putting them on a local fileserver. Nowadays, HEML would be the way to go and the sharing would be transparent and instantly global. Wish I had time to play with this. [Via Ed Tech Dev]