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CNET News.com: IBM pushes XML adoption with new spec

Jan 31, 2000, 17:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"IBM has built an XML specification that details a common way for companies to define and execute business contracts over the Web. Big Blue today submitted the specification--called the Trading Partner Agreement Markup Language--to a nonprofit XML consortium called Oasis, which is trying to create a uniform way for businesses to use XML.

Although IBM's new technology is important, analysts say IBM has assembled just a small piece of the puzzle. The technology industry needs to develop more standards before the use of XML becomes commonplace. 'It's important because it highlights an area where a great deal of work will have to be done if we are to achieve the benefits of automated business-to-business commerce,' Giga Information Group analyst Phil Costa said."

"IBM is hoping Oasis will make the specification a standard. Oasis--which has more than 50 members, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems--is attempting to create a set of guidelines for businesses to use XML to send data to each other."

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