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InternetWeek: Proposed Directory-XML Spec Submitted To Standards Bodies

Dec 08, 1999, 22:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Drucker)

"The Directory Services Markup Language... DSML, which uses XML to let directories share information with each other as well as with Web applications and services, has been submitted to standards bodies by a group of six directory vendors.

The group, led by Bowstreet Software and including IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle and the Sun-Netscape Alliance, submitted DSML 1.0 to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the World Wide Web Consortium. "

"DSML's promise is to go beyond the current standard of referencing directory data--the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol--and create a fuller and more dynamic exchange of information. Whereas LDAP dictates a common method for accessing data in the directory, DSML aims to let applications understand that information and turn it into the fuel of e-commerce systems."

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