"The UPnP Forum is an open organization whose members design and contribute XML schema for the different device classes described in UPnP. These companies have all committed to attend the first organizational meetings and to dedicate the necessary resources to complete the schema for the device class or classes they are working on by the end of Q3 1999."
"The Universal Plug and Play Forum is an industry group of companies promoting Universal Plug and Play networking protocols and device interoperability standards. Universal Plug and Play members will work with Microsoft to enable device-to-device interoperability by promoting Universal Plug and Play protocols and cooperatively developing and contributing XML schemas for device description, naming and HTML-based control. UPnP.ORG, the Forum's web site, will be a central repository for schema which have been developed by the Forum, the Universal Plug and Play specifications, source code, and implementers guides. UPnP.ORG will also distribute information about the Forum's activities and progress."
UPnP Schemas: "The discovery process returns only the basic information needed to connect to a device. Once a service has discovered its peers, the service often needs to find out more information in order to work best with them. The description process returns a schema providing descriptive data about the service. A schema is a structured data definition that defines a set of structured values that provide descriptive information about a service. Universal Plug and Play will use Extensible Markup Language (XML) for schema, because XML's self-describing structured data format provides the level of expressiveness and extensibility needed by a universal schema and data format."
Press release: "Microsoft and Key Universal Plug and Play Supporters Announce Forum To Advance Universal Plug and Play. Preliminary Universal Plug and Play Specifications And Source Code Available Through Forum Web Site."
Sample Code: [1999-06-07] "XML dialect, conventions, versioning conventions and change rules, protocol descriptions, and device and service naming and metadata conventions are under development. Important: These samples provide preliminary examples of UPnP device descriptions. These UPnP device descriptions will change in the coming months. Examples: (1) Description of Axis camera; (2) Description of Axis JaxStack; (3) Description of Internet Explorer Favorites exposed as "FileStore"; (4) Description of MusicPlayer application; (5) Description of networked speakers. See the 'Resources' page or this document, [local archive copy].
[January 04, 2000] "Cisco Joins UPnP Forum. Cisco to Incorporate Industry Standards into Home Networking Products." - "Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced its membership in the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum, an industry group focused on enabling the emergence of easily connected Internet devices in home networks. This industry group will define specifications that utilize the industry-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML). These specifications will compliment the work being done in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Zero Configuration Working Group by Cisco and other industry leaders..."