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XML Support Builds as Industry Leaders Rally Around OASIS

BOSTON, MA. July 07, 1999.

In response to recent announcements including the industry portal, record numbers of XML users and vendors have joined OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards. In this, its sixth year since being founded as SGML Open, OASIS has seen membership increase 300 percent.

New OASIS Sponsor members include DOCUMENTUM, Interwoven, Microsoft, Object Design, Reuters, and Wavo. IBM, NIST and Synthbank have upgraded their previous membership to Sponsor-level status.

"The response has been overwhelming," described Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "The need for objective, vendor-neutral resources like and OASIS is proven by the quantity and quality of industry leaders who have come forth to endorse and participate in our work."

"DOCUMENTUM is committed to providing a scalable XML repository to support our customers' Web content management and e-business requirements," said Howard Shao, co-founder and chief technology officer of DOCUMENTUM, Inc. "As a founding affiliate member of and OASIS sponsor, we fully support OASIS' activities to accelerate the adoption of XML as the eBusiness data standard."

"XML is key for companies moving their business to the web" says Joe Ruck, Vice President of Marketing at Interwoven. "By working with OASIS and our co-members we will successfully promote best practice use of XML as the foundation for open, standards-based eBusiness."

"Many of our customers are already using OASIS' XML schemas as the starting point for their new, extensible XML eBusiness applications," said Larry Alston, vice president of operations for Object Design's eXcelon division. "OASIS will continue to serve as a vital resource for companies everywhere and will be a driving force behind XML's universal adoption as the data standard for eBusiness."

"Reuters has long been committed to open standards, and is an active member of W3C and other standards organizations," said Mike Sayers, Reuters Chief Technology Officer. "Joining OASIS will allow us to work with others to bring our work on XML for news and financial information into the open standards arena."

"XML is at the heart of our new product, NewsPak," said David E. Deeds, Chairman, President and CEO, of Wavo Corporation, "XML is changing the fundamental nature of news and information delivery over the Internet. We fully support OASIS in its objectives: product-independence, content interchange and interoperability."

Also joining OASIS as Contributor members are Bluestone Software, CourseNet Systems, Extensibility, GE Information Services, Hynet, iMediation, Novell, ProcureNet and Sequoia Software.

DOCUMENTUM, Inc. (, a leading provider of Web applications, enables Global 2000 corporations to dramatically increase the innovation of new products and processes that contribute to top-line growth. Tailored to the unique needs of specific vertical markets, DOCUMENTUM products allow knowledge workers to easily capture, access and share information - accelerating time to revenue and enabling trusted knowledge exchanges for e-business.

Interwoven ( is a supplier of content management software for the enterprise Web applications. Interwoven's flagship product, TeamSite, enables electronic commerce, customer relationship management, supply-chain management and knowledge management for Web leaders and Fortune 1000 companies moving to the Web.

Object Design ( eXcelon Division is the maker of eXcelon, an XML-based information server for managing and delivering dynamically extensible eBusiness information to customers, co-workers, partners and prospects.

Reuters ( is the world's largest supplier of news and financial information, providing real-time and historic financial data, graphics, news video, and news pictures to over 485,000 users in the business and financial communities, and to 225 Web sites.

Wavo Corporation ( is in the business of moving media. It partners with the foremost providers of news, business data, Internet based content and multimedia programming to deliver selective intelligence and quality content to an information-dependent society.

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 operates, the first global XML industry portal featuring an XML registry and repository that offers automated public access to XML schemas for electronic commerce, business-to-business transactions, and tools and application interoperability. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Chrystal Software, DataChannel, DMSi, DOCUMENTUM, Enigma, GCA, IBM, Inso, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, Larson Software, Microsoft, Object Design, Open Market, POET Software, Reuters, The SABRE Group, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, System Development, Wavo, Xerox, XyEnterprise and Zeh Graphics Systems.


Laura Walker, Executive Director
Tel: +1 978/439-9035

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

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