XML (Extensible Markup Language) was first published as a W3C Recommendation in February 1998 which means that it is now 15 years old. How's it doing?
Writing on the MSDN blog, Jean Paoli, co-creator of XML 1.0 and now head of Microsoft Open Technologies says:
I would have never dreamt, 15 years ago, that we would be so successful in our dream of exchanging information freely between different platforms and now across devices and clouds. For me, this has been the beginning of the Openness revolution. I truly believe that that the strength of XML is its inherent unique capability of representing homogenously documents and data: those scenarios and capabilities will be even more important for the next 15 years.
Paoli also recorded this short video in which he wishes Happy Birthday to XML and reflects on how it has changed the world by being so widely adopted.