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Windows TechEdge: The XML wars: Vendors gird their loins with standards bodies

Jul 04, 1999, 09:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"Yet another standards body forms to lobby for its vision of XML's future -- do we really need so many opinions?"

"The fight over the direction of XML technology just keeps getting messier. In recent weeks, Microsoft announced its BizTalk.org Web portal and reiterated its plans to create standard XML-based schemata, or document type definitions (DTDs), for the Windows environment. Not wanting to miss the party, old market adversaries IBM and Sun are backing an alternative XML advisory group to make sure they get their two cents in.

"This small, nonprofit industry group is called the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). OASIS hosts a Web portal called XML.org that will contain resources and DTD blueprints tailored for various industries. Under the supervisory umbrella of OASIS, technical committees made up of representatives from over 70 member companies will work on specific DTDs for business-to-business transactions.

"A small OASIS OASIS is a tiny voice for now, especially when compared to Microsoft's sizable influence. However, it does have strong partners in IBM, Sun, Boeing, Adobe, and Software AG. Now, even Microsoft is paying attention."

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