Standard Generalized Markup Language

  • An informal industry standard (lingua franca) for open systems document management which specifies the data encoding of a document’s format and content.  1
  • A text based “language” for describing the content and structure of documents. SGML is used, for example, by some government agencies to publish reports that are useable by both machines and human readers. HTML is a simplified application of SGML.


  1. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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