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[FYI] XML's next phase
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 1999.
Record Control Number: 13697
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which first established the XML
(extensible markup language) standard, have announced phase III of
The first phase of XML Activity started in June 1996, culminating in
the first XML recommendation issued in February 1998. XML is a low
level syntax developed to represent structured data which can be used
to support a wide variety of applications. W3C's first recommendation
document specified a syntax by subsetting an existing widely used
international text processing standard for use on the Internet.
In the second phase, work proceeded in a number of working groups in
parallel, resulting in the January 1999 recommendation Namespaces in
XML and the June 1999 recommendation for Style Sheet Lining. XML
namespaces provide a simple method for qualifying elements and
attribute names used in XML documents by associating them with
namespaces identified by URL references. The Style Sheet
recommendation established a cross-industry and expert community
agreement on the first efforts for allowing style sheets to be
associated with an XML document, bringing a wider range of design and
display options to XML authors.
Work on phase three began on 13 September continuing unfinished work
from the second phase. A new working group on XML Query was
established to provide flexible query facilities to extract real and
virtual data from the Web, and there are plans for a working group on
Janet Daly, head of PR for W3C, said the announcement of the third
phase pointed to the success of the XML project as a whole. 'The
working group for the second phase had an 18-month remit and the fact
that it has been extended shows that it was well received, but also
that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in areas
The World Wide Web Consortium was created to develop protocols that
promote the evolution of the Internet and ensure its
interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly
run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science in the USA, the
National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control in
France and Keio University in Japan.
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Document Reference: World Wide Web Consortium press release and
Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems
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