"At any given time I'm helping to set up two or three new
consortia and open source foundations, and it's always a pleasure
to see one of announce their public launch. Yesterday it was the
turn of Open AXIS Group, the latest in a seemingly endless string
of initiatives formed to recruit the versatile magic of XML to
address a global need.
"In this case, that need is dealing intelligently and
efficiently with the growing number of services that an airline can
sell or assist with (e.g., exit row or aisle seating, extra bags,
and so on) in addition to booking the seat that you rent for a few
hours. That will all work more smoothly if not only every airline,
but also every travel agent, travel site, and others all input
information in the same, interoperable way.
"That goal can, of course, best be accomplished through XML, and
in this case, by using an already developed XML schema that will
serve as the starting point for Open AXIS Group's ongoing
development and promotional work."
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