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XML Support Soars as OASIS Sees Largest Sponsorship Growth in Its History

Aerospatiale, Bowstreet, Cohesia,, InformIT, JetForm, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, ProNet Technology Partners and StreamServe Join International XML Consortium

Boston, MA. January 10, 2000.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, welcomed a record number of new sponsor members. Organizations from Europe, North America and Asia joined in support of the international non-profit consortium dedicated to the application of XML. New sponsors include Aerospatiale, Bowstreet, Cohesia,, InformIT, JetForm, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, ProNet Technology Partners and StreamServe.

'It is clear the 'wait-and-see' attitude toward XML is long gone. Companies are moving forward with real solutions and a strong commitment to keeping the standard open and accessible,' said Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. 'As this surge of new sponsors indicates, OASIS membership encompasses all the major XML players -- users, vendors and consultants alike. We are especially excited to welcome our first member based in Taiwan, NII Enterprise Promotion Association. We look forward to the contributions all our new sponsors will make to the OASIS technical work and applaud their support of XML interoperability.'

The new sponsors will advance the work of OASIS including the XML Registry and Repository, XML Conformance, DocBook, - the industry portal for XML, and ebXML - the Electronic Business XML Initiative cosponsored by OASIS and UN/CEFACT.


OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum of structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, CommerceNet, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, NIST, Object Design, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Oracle, ProNet Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Wavo, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.

About ( is a self-supporting community resource designed to provide a credible source of accurate, timely information about the application of XML in industrial and commercial settings. Hosted by OASIS, the world's leading independent organization for the standardization of XML applications in electronic commerce, serves as a reference for XML DTDs, schemas and related information. Sponsors of include: Commerce One, DataChannel, Documentum, GCA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

New OASIS Sponsors Speak Out

"Cohesia Corporation is dedicated to the development and adoption of higher level structured information standards that will allow for acceleration of e-business supply-chain initiatives. Organizations like OASIS, that draw together commercial interests dedicated to defining and implementing these standards, will ensure the continuation of increases in productivity and enhanced product quality and delivery. We look forward to working with the OASIS community in an effort to devise standards with broad application to drive the next generation of technological advancements."     --  David Terkosky, Vice President, Field Operations, Cohesia Corporation

"At, XML-based integration to our Global Financial Network is an important component for our real-time credit financing solutions. OASIS provides the forum and support for providing our XML-based integration solution to the business-to-business eCommerce marketplace. As a sponsoring member, we look forward to working closely with OASIS and the other member companies as we add a XML-based interfaces to our real-time credit, loan, and lease approval capabilities within the eCredit Global Financial Network."     --  Mahantesh Kothiwale, VP Technology,

InformIT welcomes the experience and insights that OASIS is able to share with us in implementing a robust, scalable XML repository solution. We are confident that OASIS will prove to be a crucial resource in our ongoing efforts in implementing XML/SGML solutions across Pearson. The ultimate and primary beneficiary will be the reading public, which can now look forward to easier fine-tuned access to personalized IT content.     --  Gregg Bushyeager, Vice President for Online Development, InformIT

"JetForm is committed to the development of XML technology and open standards, as evident by our XML Forms Architecture (XFA). Through our sponsor membership in OASIS, we are able to contribute our expertise in automating e-processes with e-forms, ensuring interoperability based on XML."     --  Gavin McKenzie, Chief Architect of JetForm's XFA technology.

For NII Enterprise Promotion Association, the purpose of becoming part of the OASIS family is to:introduce the leading-edge XML-related and metadata management know-how and technologies to Taiwan and to facilitate and streamline information discovery, exchange, automation, maintenance and value-added services in the field of electronic commerce in terms of globalization and localization. We want to induce potential counterpart pilots or projects in Taiwan to deploy and transfer advanced structured information standards, technologies and applications. As a member of OASIS, we hope to provide stronger links for members around the world.     --  Eho-Cheng Lo, EC/Content Group Pilot Manager, NII Enterprise Promotion Association

"For those of us who've been providing software solutions for eons, the struggle for standardization is nothing new. However, the onset of the

Internet Economy elevates standardization to an imperative. That's why ProNet became an OASIS sponsor. Through OASIS we belong to a structured, global community that also understands the profound significance of the era we're helping to shape. One hundred years from now, historians will write about the Internet Economy as one beside which the Industrial Revolution pales. Through our work with OASIS and its membership, we're making history."     --  Bala Subramanian, CEO, ProNet Technology Partners

StreamServe has chosen to sponsor the OASIS Consortium as one of its strategic alliances for the future. We look forward to both contributing to and gaining experience from the different technologies that OASIS creates, assembles and maintains in the XML space. The OASIS initiative gives us the perfect platform to continue developing different XML implementations for business-to-business communication that StreamServe already supplies.     --  Stefan Sandberg, Integration Manager of Research and Development, StreamServe

For more information contact:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
Tel: +1.412.963.1479

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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