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The NIST Identifier Collaboration Service (NICS) project, funded through the Advanced Technology Program, has established an experimental collaborative registry for XML (Extensible Markup Language). XML is designed to enable the use of SGML on the World Wide Web. An XML DTD is the formal definition of a particular type of XML document. The DTD sets out what names can be used for elements, where they may occur, and how they all fit together. Before now, researchers and vendors have faced conflicts from similarly named XMLs and element names. Vendors can now publicly register their names and their download locations, thus avoiding future conflicts while publicizing existence and availability. This project is conducted in the Manufacturing Collaboration Technologies Group of the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.

For further information, contact Don Libes, (301) 975-3535