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Jean Paoli

 

Brief Description: One of the cocreators of the XML 1.0 standard with the W3C; now with Microsoft

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Currently a senior director of XML architecture at Microsoft and one of the co-creators of the XML 1.0 standard with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Jean Paoli has long been a strong and passionate advocate of XML and open standards, and specializes in building end-user markup editing tools.

Paoli jump-started the XML activity in Microsoft, creating and managing the team that delivered MSXML, the software that XML-enabled both Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system. He helped architect the XML support in the Microsoft Office System and was instrumental in creating the Microsoft Office InfoPath program.

Until 1996, when he joined Microsoft, Jean was based in Paris, where he worked in collaboration with European research institutes, including INRIA in France. Jean has been a significant player in the worldwide XML and SGML community since 1985.

"Jean helped lead the movement to make XML a core component of many Microsoft products, such as Office and Windows, as well as the foundation for integration between systems with XML-based Web services," said Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, when Paoli recently won the XML Cup 2004 for services to the XML community.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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