We may have to hire the Florida ballot counters to determine the biggest XML story of the year. I'm worried that I may have punched the wrong hole and mistakenly voted for HTML instead. Seriously, there were just too many important XML happenings for any one story to be designated the most important. Several significant W3C recommendations took place during the year 2000: XSL, DOM L2 and MathML, to name a few. During 2001, we anticipate the proposal and adoption of additional XML-related standards, but more importantly, the mounting acceptance and success of XML-based solutions in large e-commerce applications.