School of Information Science - Hall of Fame

Jon Bosak
  • Jon Bosak
  • Born: Withheld upon request
  • Field: Computer publishing; World Wide Web
  • Focus: Led creation of XML. Involved heavily in development and adoption of SGML.
  • Country: United States
  • Era: 1990 to present

Jon Bosak organized and led the working group that created XML (eXtensible markup language), subsequently serving for two years as chair of the XML Coordination Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Bosak originated the SGML-based Web strategy Sun Microsystems began using to distribute its electronic documentation beginning with the release of Solaris 2.6. Before joining Sun, he was responsible for the SGML-based delivery system used by Novell to put its documentation on CDs and later on the World Wide Web.

Bosak is a long-time member of OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), and he chaired the committee that developed the OASIS process for the definition of industry-specific XML markup standards. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Business XML initiative (ebXML), a joint project of OASIS and the United Nations body for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).

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