IPTC Begins Work on ProgramGuideML for Radio and TV Listings
Work on Radio and TV Listing Markup Language Started
Aarhus, Denmark. June 06, 2003.
A new way for broadcasters, newspapers and web sites to exchange TV listings has been begun the formal approval process that will end with adoption as a new worldwide standard.
At its annual meeting, the International Press Telecommunications Council voted to move ahead with review and approval of ProgramGuideML, a powerful but simple way to show program and channel information in any language.
Designed by a group of Japanese newspapers and broadcasters, ProgramGuideML uses XML technology to mark up important programming information with simple text tags that allow easy files exchange between news agencies and automatic processing. If approved by the IPTC at its spring 2004 meeting in Athens, ProgramGuideML will join a list of standards that are used by news agencies around the world.
IPTC members also studied proposals to redesign the group's web site, where standards and documentation are made available at no cost. The redesign will include interactive aids to help programmers and news executives understand the features of the standards.
In other business, IPTC members re-elected Dr. John Iobst of the United States as chairman and returned several other board members: Klaus Sprick of Germany, Peter Muller of Switzerland, Stephane Guerillot of France, Rudi Horvath of Austria and Naoshi Hashimoto of Japan.
The IPTC's next regular meeting will be in Leipzig, Germany, in October 2003.
The IPTC, based in Windsor, UK, is a consortium of the world's major news agencies and news industry vendors. It develops and maintains technical standards that are used by virtually every major news organization in the world.
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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.