By Cheri Mullins

Note from Cheri: With profound apologies to Michael Jackson in memoriam, Michael Jackson fans, songwriters, lyricists, and technical communicators everywhere.

“XML”

(set to the Michael Jackson classic, “Billy Jean”)

[1st Verse]
DITA has a lovely theme
Using Schemes
I Don’t Mind, But What Do You Mean You Are The One?
That Will Dance With The Code That We Pound
Apps Say They Are The Ones
That Will Dance With The Code That We Pound

[2nd Verse]
They Said Its Name Was XML, And It Works So Well
And Every App They Devise
Dreams Of Being The One
That Will Dance With The Code That We Pound

[Bridge]
People Always Told Me Be Careful
Of What You Do
When You Go Around Breaking Topics Up
And OASIS Always Told Me
Be Careful How You Code
And Be Careful Of What You Do ‘Cause The Code Becomes The Truth

[Chorus]
XML Is Not The Standard
It’s Just Code We Use To Get The Job Done
But The Code Is Not Alone
They Say DITA Is King, But Content Reigns Supreme

[3rd Verse]
For Forty Days And For Forty Nights
Communicators Were Mystified
But Now They Can, It’s In Demand
Its Schemes And Plans
Vendors Dance With The Code All Around
So Take My Strong Advice, Just Remember To Always Think Twice
Do Think Twice

[Bridge]
People Always Told Me Be Careful
Of What You Do
When You Go Around Breaking Topics Up
When Vendors Stand Beside Me
We All Can Smell Success
TCs Get Together
And Clean Up All This Mess

[Chorus]
XML Is Not The Standard
It’s Just Code We Use To Get The Job Done
But That Code Is Not Alone
XML Is Not The Standard
It’s Just Code We Use To Get The Job Done
But That Code Is Not Alone
XML Can Get The Job Done, But The Code Is Not Alone
XML Can Get The Job Done, But The Code Is Not Alone
XML Is Not The Standard
It’s Just Code We Use To Get The Job Done
But That Code Is Not Alone
XML Can Get The Job Done, But The Code Is Not Alone
XML Can Get The Job Done, But The Code Is Not Alone
XML Can Get The Job Done
XML Is Not The Standard
XML Is Not The Standard
XML Is Not The Standard
XML Is Not The Standard
XML Is Not The Standard
XML Is Not The Standard

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