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PRNewswire: UserLand Submits SOAP 1.1 to World Wide Web Consortium

May 10, 2000, 05:10 (4 Talkback[s])

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"UserLand Software, Ariba, Commerce One, Compaq Computer, Developmentor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IONA Technologies, Lotus Development Corporation, Microsoft, SAP AG today jointly proposed to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) a new protocol called the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that will allow revolutionary new applications connecting graphic user interface desktop applications to powerful Internet servers using the standards of the Internet, HTTP and XML."

"SOAP has been a two-year project, starting as a collaboration between UserLand, Microsoft and Developmentor, in April 1998, and now has the potential of being very widely deployed and supported in virtually every programming and scripting environment on every operating system, commercial and open source, including Windows, Macintosh and Linux," said Dave Winer, CEO of UserLand, one of the authors of SOAP 1.1. "SOAP truly is the next level of the World Wide Web."

"The need to integrate with other businesses is changing how companies build software," said Tod Nielsen, Vice President Developer Division at Microsoft. "SOAP, a core technology in Web Services, represents a major shift in how Microsoft is addressing this change. By working together with partners such as UserLand to create open specifications that anyone can implement, Microsoft expects to offer customers greater choice and innovation than ever before."

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