InfoWorld: XML ties together disparate development teams

“The Object Management Group… are building a specification
which will provide application developers with a common way —
using the Extensible Markup Language (XML) — to build powerful

“The OMG’s XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) specification is
nearing completion as a standard for storing and sharing object
programming and design information…”

“Microsoft, however, has characterized the OMG’s XMI
specification as an “attack on Microsoft,” which has its own meta
data specification, the Open Information Model (OIM)…”

“… OMG’s Soley said: “Microsoft is a member of the OMG …
[but] chose not to take part in the process leading up to XMI; I do
not pretend to know the reasons. …”

“XMI is being written by such vendors as Unisys, IBM, Oracle,
Platinum, Fujitsu, Softeam, and Daimler-Benz, and supported by
Rational Software, Sprint, Sybase, Xerox, MCI Systemhouse, Boeing,
Ardent, ICONIX, Integrated Systems, Verilog, NCR, and NTT.”

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