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XML.com: The State of XML

Jun 17, 2000, 22:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edd Dumbill)

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"XML was, and continues to be, a revolutionary technology. Tim Bray likes to say that XML came in "fast and low and under the radar," taking the world by storm. Since then we've seen it explode from a minority interest to a pervasive technology."

"Now that XML has hit the big-time, there's a lot of money flowing into it, and into companies basing their businesses on it. This is a good thing, and testament to the value of an interoperable syntax. However, we need to see interoperability going all the way, and XML being more than a "buzz-word" to gain acceptance for a product."

"Users need to realize that just because a product uses XML, it is no guarantee of either interoperability or openness. You may be aware that on XML.com we have conducted XML 1.0 conformance tests using the suites developed by OASIS and the US NIST. In our last round of tests we found the big vendors -- Oracle and Microsoft -- lagging a significant amount behind various open-source XML parsers."

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