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IBM developerWorks: Open standards like XML and Unicode are promoting truly global software

Jun 25, 2000, 18:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Melnick)

"The combination of eXtensible Markup Language (XML), XML-enabled browsers, and Unicode fonts will soon make some forms of multilingual e-commerce possible. That prospect could bring about another Internet revolution."

"The organizational powers inherent in the use of XML are becoming better and better understood and appreciated as greater numbers of programmers become familiar with XML's tremendous capabilities and adaptability, particularly in comparison with HTML."

"For now, HTML still reigns supreme. But no matter how fancy the Web page's Java applets or how interactive the CGI scripts, the bottom line is that HTML limits the ability of the average Web page to share data or to interact with other Web sites. This is largely because HTML has been called upon to do many things it was never designed to do. However, XML has come to the rescue, offering creativity and data exchange almost as limitless as HTML itself is limiting."

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