[20 June 2009]
It appears from reports on the Net that Erik Naggum, long-time genius loci of comp.text.sgml, has died.
In person, he was (as far as I could tell, on the very few occasions I encountered him in the flesh) a very sweet individual. On the net — well, he taught me what a flame war was. His work on internationalization gave hints of great generosity; his resentment against the Unicode Consortium was almost comic in its ferocity (even to me, never one of that organization’s greatest fans).
Erik Naggum, dead? Is it possible? One person fewer who remembers the old days.
So it goes.