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WavePhore Announces Support of XMLNews Initiative. A Suite of Open XML Standards for Internet News Delivery

PHOENIX, AZ. April 7, 1999.

WavePhore, Inc. announced its active involvement in the XMLNews initiative, which will promote and support the use of open standards for news delivery. The XMLNews initiative is headed by David Megginson, recognized as a top expert in the field, and enables information providers to distribute their content in a single, standardized format.

"The XMLNews initiative is going to have a lot of momentum," said Dr. Megginson, principal of Megginson Technologies, Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) XML Information Set Working Group, and maintainer of the widely implemented Simple API for XML (SAX). "XMLNews will come down the wire from WavePhore, the company that distributes content from the world's largest news organizations and information providers. The news industry has been waiting a long time for someone to stop just talking about new standards and start actually implementing them -- this is it."

WavePhore will be delivering most of the major news feeds in the two open, XML formats defined by the XMLNews initiative: XMLNews-Story for content and XMLNews-Meta for metadata. XMLNews-Story is a fully compatible subset of the September 1998 XML version of the News Industry Text Format (NITF) developed by the International Press Telecommunications Council and the Newspaper Association of America. XMLNews-Meta uses XML together with two other standards from the W3C: The Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Namespaces in XML.

"WavePhore is supporting the XMLNews initiative in our newly announced NewsPak product (," said James Alexander, Vice President Marketing, Business Products. "By having an independent organization administer and maintain the XMLNews initiative, it will encourage its adoption by all news and information content providers."

XMLNews-Story and XMLNews-Meta can be processed with any XML-enabled software. While WavePhore's implementation is fully conforming, it incorporates processing simplifications that both publishers and subscribes will find appealing. For additional information on the XMLNews initiative, visit

About WavePhore

WavePhore, Inc. is the leading new media content integrator and architect of digital delivery systems. 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. Additional information on WavePhore is available via the Internet at

Certain of the above statements regarding WavePhore constitute forward-looking statements, which may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from such forward-looking statements as a result of variety of factors, including, but not limited to, technology changes, competitive developments, industry and market acceptance of new products and services, and risk factors listed from time to time in WavePhore's SEC filings.

SOURCE: WavePhore, Inc.

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. See also: "XMLNews."

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