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Standard Generalized Markup Language: a set of standards, approved by the ISO, enabling a user to create an appropriate markup scheme for tagging the elements of an electronic document, as to facilitate the production of multiple versions in various print and electronic formats. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for SGML


standard generalized mark-up language: an international standard used in publishing for defining the structure and formatting of documents
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SGML in Science
Short for Standard Generalized Markup Language. A standardized markup language for describing the structure and formatting of a computer document. Sections of the document are set off by embedded tags. The tags and the relationships among the groups they represent are described in a DTD (Document Type Definition). The tags do not directly specify what the display of the document will look like, so different applications can display the information differently.
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SGML in Culture

SGML definition

An abbreviation for Standard Generalized Markup Language. This is language used to format text by using tags, which is particularly useful for projects involving cross-references.

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