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IBM Weighs in with XML Technology

Introduces 10 New XML Tools and Applications; Web Site for Developers and Customers

Chicago, November 16...IBM is showcasing at XML '98 a collection of XML tools, applications, and resources that demonstrate a company-wide commitment to XML. Most of these new technologies will be made available free to customers and developers from IBM's alphaWorks Web site. IBM is also demonstrating its support for the development of the XML standard by announcing a corporate membership in the Graphic Communications Association (GCA) and the launch of a Web site devoted to supplying the latest XML information, tools and educational resources to developers and customers.

As part of a commitment to network computing and open standards, IBM embraces XML as another important component to extend the capabilities of e-business. IBM has many resources devoted to creating XML technologies and advancing the standard, including the recently announced XMI - Metadata Interchange Format specification developed with Oracle and Unysis.

Free XML Technologies

IBM's alphaWorks (, which provides direct access to IBM's emerging technologies, made nine new XML tools available that support the needs of developers and customers as they create applications based on this emerging standard.

These XML-based applications are posted at alphaWorks, for free download. In addition, a CD containing the technologies will be distributed this week at XML '98. The nine new XML technologies are: Bean Markup Language (BML), The XML Editor Maker, DataCraft, Dynamic XML with Java, PatML, TeXML, XML BeanMaker, XMLTreeDiff, and XML Productivity Kit.

These technologies are added to the other core XML technologies IBM makes available on alphaWorks like the award winning XML for Java parser. These provide the building blocks for IBM, its partners, and ISVs to create XML applications and solutions.

XML Web Site

IBM launched its official Web site that is dedicated to XML technologies. The IBM Web site will be the portal to a pool of markup language expertise that dates back to the invention of GML in 1969 and will provide the Internet community with the latest information, tools, and educational resources relating to this emerging standard. The site will serve as an IBM vehicle for outreach to customers and developers in the growing XML marketplace.

IBM Work Group Participation and GCA Corporate Sponsor

The GCA, a nonprofit organization, is focused on the application of computer technology for printing, publishing, and related industries. The GCA has a worldwide membership of over 350 organizations -- tens of thousands of individuals -- and is the leading technical association promoting the application of markup languages and a supporter of XML. IBM is focused on developing and maintaining open standards and will work closely with the GCA's XML/EDI Working Group and other leading electronic commerce organizations to help define the use of XML in business-to-business exchanges.

IBM has been a leading participant in the development and standardization of XML. Through our involvement in the OMG and W3C we have been working to develop XML Metadata Interchange (XMI), Document Content Description (DCD), RDF Model and Syntax, RDF Schema, DOM, XSL, HTML, Internationalization, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), XML Linking, XML Schema, XML Infoset, XML Interest Group, Hypertext Co-Ordination Group, HTML Math, and Mobile Access Interest Group -- all emerging XML standards.

IBM and Adobe Web Publishing Technology

IBM and Adobe will demonstrate at XML '98 a jointly developed Java-based browser component technology that enables users to easily access visually-rich, business-critical information and view it on a range of clients from hand-held devices to desktop computers. Based on open standards, XML, Java and the proposed graphics standard, Precision Graphics Markup Language (PGML) offer a new vision for a wide variety of potential applications, such as, adding functionality to existing data, as well as, use in e-business solutions.

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