"But where is the version of XML that lets people communicate
more effectively with people?
"Netomat, a start-up company about to make its public debut at
PC Forum starting March 23rd--Esther Dyson's annual confab of
technology visionaries--may have that answer...
"Maciej Wisniewski, Netomat's co-founder and chief scientist
(who helped develop IBM's XML strategy when he was a programmer
with Big Blue), says the XML and Java-based platform consists of a
fully integrated family of authoring, server and player
technologies designed to work seamlessly with existing formats and
protocols. 'The core innovation underlying the platform is a new
XML-based language called netomatic mark-up language (NML).' They
like to think of it as XML for people to people communications.
"He says the company also plans to make its NML source code
available to the open source community. 'We believe in open
standards, open formats, open protocols. And we want NML to be
open. It's part of the philosophy of the company...'"