It is proposed that the article format be XML-based with a combination of custom elements and RDF inspired attributes. HTML might initially seem like a good option due to its broad usage and familiarity, however HTML is not semantic in origin. Attempting to extract meaning from generic HTML is an effort in heuristic and error-prone guess work. HTML has also grown quite vast in size and complexity, containing well over 100 tags, 100 attributes, dozens of style settings and programming hooks, the vast majority of which are not applicable to general read-only encyclopedic style articles.
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