XML/SGML are a very effective way of representing tree data (again, non-1D data) in 1D strings. And they're wonderfully extensible, while still keeping a well defined schema. Is there an alternative language that is better? How is it better?
Sorry but "we are creating the infrastructure for a future panopticon that will transform the Earth into a global labor camp for the 0.0001%, but we have gender equal HR policies" is not woke for any definition of the term I'd care about. A gender-equal prison is still a prison, and does anyone think that gender equality is going to persist once real totalitarians take power and inherit all that wonderful mass surveillance infrastructure? Fake woke Silicon Valley is building the infrastructure for something that will probably look like a cross between The Handmaid's Tale and alt-America in Man in the High Castle. It's another case of capitalists selling the rope that will be used to hang them.
Meanwhile those who see through that have run into a completely different hall of mirrors chasing stupid green frog memes and embracing literal ideologies of enslavement. "We see through your fake woke! So we're going to advocate literal fascism to be edgy!" Playing the record backwards is still playing the record folks.
Why has this been obvious to me for years and yet I feel like nobody else sees it?