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OASIS, ISO and W3C Join Together to Present Standards Update at XML Europe '99

GRANADA, Spain. April 14, 1999.

For the first time ever, the three major information standards organizations, OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium), will join forces to present the XML Europe Standards Update.

Addressing industry representatives from around the world, the XML Standards Update will be held in Granada, Spain, April 27, 1999.

"We are excited to have OASIS join ISO and W3C on the podium, bringing these three influential organizations together for the first time," said Pam Gennusa (Database Publishing Systems Ltd.), Conference Chair for XML Europe '99. "Each group has contributed to major advances in XML, and their unique perspectives will provide attendees with a balanced picture of the state of the industry."

"XML Europe is providing a great opportunity for communication amongst the information standards groups," commented Norbert Mikula (DataChannel), Chief Technical Officer of OASIS. "The technical work of OASIS plays an important role in the XML world of standards and interoperability, and we look forward to updating participants on our progress."

Mikula will be joined in the Standards Update by ISO representative, Dr. Charles F. Goldfarb and by W3C representatives, Dan Connolly, Jon Bosak (Sun Microsystems) and Tim Bray.

"W3C, OASIS, and ISO are emerging as a three-part solution for the development of timely yet reliable XML standards," said Jon Bosak, who serves as W3C's liaison to ISO/IEC SC34. "W3C is organized for the rapid definition of core technologies like XML itself, while OASIS offers the best arena for standardizing XML implementations and fostering interoperability. ISO can complete this picture by conferring final standardization on technologies when market acceptance shows them to be stable."

At the XML Europe Standards Update, Mikula will focus on the latest achievements and work-in-progress of OASIS technical committees and affiliates including XML Conformance, XML Tables model, XML Registry and Repository, Docbook and CGM.

XML Europe 99 (, is the Graphic Communications Association (GCA) annual comprehensive event on applications, trends, and technologies that support the use of the Extensible Markup Language and the Standard Generalized Markup Language.

OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. The technical work of OASIS includes establishing an XML Registry and Repository to store, categorize, locate and distribute XML DTDs. OASIS also works on XML Conformance, XML Table Models, DocBook and the CGM Open/WebCGM initiative. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, AND-USA, Arbortext, Boeing, Chrystal Software, Database Publishing Systems, DataChannel, Document Management Solutions Inc, Enigma, Open Market, Graphic Communications Association, Inso, Interleaf, ISOGEN, Poet Software, Reed Technology, SoftQuad, Software AG, Sörman Information, STEP, Sun Microsystems, Thomson and XyEnterprise.


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)
Carol Geyer
Tel: +1 412/963-1479

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

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