COMTEX News Network, Inc. recently announced support for the XML-based NewsML standard, which supports multimedia news creation, storage and delivery. "NewsML can be used by news providers to combine their pictures, video, text, graphics and audio files in news output for multiple display platforms or devices, including Web sites, mobile phones, high end desktops, and interactive television. The technology also enables news to be transmitted in several different languages. The common infrastructure allows news providers to combine their content from various sources with little effort, helping publishers create information packages targeted to specific audiences, improving delivery of personalized news to the end-user. Individual searches and filter systems will be able to process information from a wider range of sources, as information from multiple publishers will be in a single format. In addition to creating a single format, NewsML offers an accurate, objective set of descriptive tools that make searching more precise. COMTEX News Network, Inc. is a full service, business-to-business infomediary, aggregates and redistributes diverse, real-time global news and information to resellers in the Internet, Wall Street and corporate markets; COMTEX gathers nearly 20,000 stories a day from over 10,000 diverse, global sources."
NewsML specification: In addition to the XML DTD and Functional Specification, a collection of examples and tools are available from IPTC to assist implementers. (1) A set of NewsML TopicSets: "These may be used as default TopicSets for NewsML instances. In addition some examples are included based on ISO codes for Country, Currency and Language and on the NAICS industry classifications and a Nasdaq company list. These all serve as examples for users to develop their own extension vocabularies. The publising NewsItems containing these TopicSets and the MasterCatalog are available in a zipped package. (2) A MasterCatalog, to resolve the NewsML URNS to absolute URLS providing the locations of the NewsML published components. The ContentItems of the NewsItems contain the DTD, the MasterCatalog, the individual TopicSets and the documents explaining the design."