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InfoWorld: Developers, ISVs await standardized XML schemas

Jul 23, 1999, 21:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Walsh)

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"With Extensible Markup Language (XML) support becoming a given in many products, the second phase of XML has begun. Companies are now looking to develop standardized ways to share XML-formatted data to automate their internal and external business processes.

"The whole notion of using XML as the format for business-to-business integration has a huge value-add in the New Web Order."

"Given the `time-to-market' requirements of today's industry, we often cannot wait for a set specification because all too often the customer wants to have a problem solved today..."

"Mikula thinks the market will shift toward more of a "specifications Darwinism..."

"The killer XML app will be so compelling, such an immediate market force, that it will make competitors forget about killing each other," said Dave Winer, president of UserLand..."

"XML opens the door to interoperable information," Bray said. "My dream: In a decade or so, `proprietary, noninteroperable information' sounds as silly as `proprietary, noninteroperable network' does today."

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