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At a Glance: Tonya R. Gaylord

Who I am

Yet another Mulberry consultant (“YAMC”) who works with XML DTDs, writes supporting documentation, and teaches XML classes. You may have seen me at markup-related conferences – I’m the one flitting about, assisting at registration, nagging speakers for their Non-exclusive Publication Agreements, and managing the poster hall.

Past Life (?)

In a prior incarnation, I was one of those good-for-nothing, low-life environmental attorneys people deride; I even litigated Superfund liability issues. (Actually, I’m still a card-carrying attorney and have even been known to review a Mulberry contract or two!)

Favorite Quotation

You have to understand why things work the way they do. – Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan (paraphrased)

Personal Philosophy

Never run when you can walk, never walk when you can stand, never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can lie down and SLEEP!

Work Philosophy

Have suitcase, will travel

Distinguishing Characteristics

A twang that, while never really gone, becomes INFINITELY more noticeable when I’m happy, excited, anxious, perturbed, tired, angry ... or talking with family. (Former roommates always knew when I had talked with my mother!)

A fanaticism for UK (that’s University of Kentucky to the uninformed) basketball. Like all “Big Blue” fans, I live for March Madness and dream of NCAA championships!

A passion for all types and forms of history, including antique furniture and collectibles


When I was house hunting, friends justifiably teased that I was buying a house for all my furniture, not me.

I’m a scavenger who loves yard sales and consignment stores. (My father swore this compulsion results from a flawed gene running through my mother’s family!)


Audio books, library, night owl, television, the Derby, Colonial Williamsburg, “recreational sleeper”