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Sun Unveils XML Technology Support

Sun Unveils XML Technology Support in the Java Platform

Leading Efforts to Define Java Standard Extension for XML Language

PALO ALTO, California. March 09, 1999.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced its intent to create a Java platform standard extension for Extensible Markup Language (XML) through the Java Community Process. The XML standard extension will be an industry-developed application programming interface (API) that enterprises and developers can rely on for high quality XML language integration with the Java platform. Sun has outlined an initial version of the XML standard extension that provides basic functionality including the ability to read, manipulate, and generate XML technology-based data streams and formats. These core features form the building blocks for developing fully-functional XML language oriented applications.

"Enterprises are looking to the XML technology as a standard, cost-effective way to exchange data and information over the network. Now developers writing in the Java language can easily support XML technology, and developers writing in the XML language can support the Java platform," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager of the Java platform, Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "In addition, enterprises can build on the XML standard extension with the confidence that their implementations will be compatible with the Java platform."

XML technology is a flexible way to create information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere. The XML standard extension will consist of a specification, reference implementation, and compatibility test suite. Demonstrating Sun's commitment to the consensus-based development process and industry standards, the XML standard extension will conform to the XML 1.0 specification, will leverage existing efforts around other Java technology-based APIs and will be developed using the Java Community Process. Sun designed the Java Community Process for the development and revision of Java technology-based specifications in a fast, flexible, and industry-participative manner.

XML and Java Technologies: Portable Data, Portable Code

XML technology and the Java programming language are complementary technologies. XML technology is a platform-independent data representation providing a flexible, cost-effective method of exchanging data. The Java platform is the programming technology that provides operating system independent, maintainable code for processing the XML data. The Java programming language processes the XML data. Together, Java and XML technology enable a new generation of web applications, such as e-commerce and enterprise application integration.

Related Technologies

Additionally, Sun's new product, code-named Java Project X Technology Release 1, an experimental technology that includes an XML language parser and parse tree, is now available. Technology Release 1 provides developers access to necessary XML language processing capabilities and is available for commercial redistribution. For more information on Sun's work with Java and XML technologies and related efforts, please see:

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10.5 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Note to Editors: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Java, and The Network Is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.



"With Network, Ariba delivers a business-to-business eCommerce solution with an XML-based infrastructure. This provides us with a cost-effective, cross-platform approach to improved data exchange," said Dave Rome, vice president or marketing at Ariba. "We are pleased that Sun is driving this effort; XML technology and the Java platform are a perfect match, fueling the new generation of network commerce web applications."

PR Contact:

Michele McMahon-Cost
Phone: +1 (415) 512-0500 ext. 283


"Bluestone believes that Java and XML technologies are the platform for computing into the new millenium," stated Bob Bickel, senior vice president of products at Bluestone Software, Inc. "We are enthusiastic about Sun's latest announcement to drive the Java technology-based implementations of XML forward along with the W3C. This enables our industry leading Bluestone XML-Server customers to move forward with implementations knowing they are developing and deploying on an open platform that will protect their investments."

PR Contact:

Susan D'Elia
Phone: +1 (650) 344-1260


"XML technology provides a cross-platform approach to information exchange. Using XML technology, corporations are able to integrate with other corporate business systems through the exchange of business documents," said Mark Thomas, Director of XML Commerce Marketing. "We are pleased that Sun is driving this effort to integrate Java and XML technologies. Cross-platform XML documents are perfect citizens in an operating system independent world."

PR Contact:

Carolyn Wilkins
Phone: +1 (415) 905-4013


"XML technology provides a cost-effective, cross-platform approach to improved data exchange which is becoming more and more critical to enterprise applications. Many of our customers have a real interest in adapting their systems to XML for greater data interoperability," said Noboru Urano, director of XML product development, Fujitsu Limited. "We are pleased that Sun is driving this effort; XML and the Java platform are a perfect match, fueling new generation web applications, such as e-commerce."

PR Contact:

Takuki Kamiya
Phone: (045) 476-4586


"I am delighted that Sun is promoting XML processing through open standards like SAX," said David Megginson of Megginson Technologies. "SAX is already supported by other major industry players like IBM and Oracle, and Sun's decision to include SAX support in its Java software will help to ensure platform-independence and interoperability of both programs and data."

PR Contact:

David Megginson
Phone: +1 (613) 722-8770
FAX: +1 (613) 725-3124


"XML technology provides a cost-effective, cross-platform approach to improved data exchange which is becoming more and more critical to enterprise applications," said Menachem Livni, CTO of NetPost. "We are pleased that Sun is driving this effort; XML and Java technologies enable new content specifications and presentation which will lead the Internet to its next level. We are also proud that Sun chose NetPost's TrueView technology to demonstrate that power."

PR Contact:

Stephen Katz
Phone: +1 (650) 329-1235


"XML-based technology is an important standard for data-interchange and content management, and it plays a key role in Oracle's Internet platform," said Jeremy Burton, Vice President of Internet Platform Marketing at Oracle. "In concert with our Java-technology based XML language infrastructure development and our work on the W3C, we are continuing to support Sun in defining the Java platform XML technology based extensions. Java and XML technologies make a powerful combination for developers building business-to-business, e-commerce, and other web applications on Oracle."

PR Contact:

Paige O'Neill
Phone: +1 (650) 506-3429


"The real power in data lies in the ability to share it easily, and XML technology is improving that ability by making data exchange cost effective and cross-platform," said David Gulbransen, CEO of Vervet Logic. "Our customers have recognized the perfect fit between the Java platform and XML, and Sun's efforts with XML and Java technologies are bringing developers like us the tools we need to build robust XML language-based solutions."

PR Contact:

David Gulbransen
Phone: +1 (812) 856-5270


"As a leader in XML-based business-to-business e-commerce and integration, webMethods supports the development of a standards-based Java technology-based API for XML language that enterprises can rely on for high quality integration with the Java platform," said Phillip Merrick, President and CEO of webMethods. "webMethods B2B provides a standards-based infrastructure for real-time information exchange and end-to-end integration and supports technologies including Java, HTML, XML, EDI, COM, ERP, ORM and database solutions."

PR Contact:

Caren DeWitt
Phone: +1 (703) 352-0851

Sun Contact:

Burson-Marsteller for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Carrie Motamedi
Tel: +1 415/591-4063

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. A copy of this press release is also available from the Java.Sun.Com Web site. See further information in the February 26, 1999 news entry and in the feature article by Jon Byous, "Co-Stars in Networking: XML and Java Technology. XML and Java technologies are perfect complements, creating a whole new world of possibilities for developers." Also: [quoted] comments from Nancy Lee, Sun's senior product manager for XML.

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