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webMethods Leverages XML for Automated E-CommerceWeb Automation Products Built on XML, Paving the Way for 100% Web Alternative to EDI
New York (Java Internet Business Expo, Booth #735.30), August 26, 1997 -- webMethods, Inc. (Fairfax, VA) today announced that the core of its Web Automation technology has been built around the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). webMethods' Web Automation product suite now uses XML to define automated access to Web data and services, and can be used against existing HTML or new XML-based Web resources. These products are already being deployed in Global 2000 corporations, making webMethods one of the first companies with XML applications delivering real business value.
"By combining the power of Java with the flexibility of XML, webMethods' Web Automation products transform the Web from an access medium to an integration platform, providing real business value now and into the future," said Dr. Lew Tucker, director of corporate and ISV relations at JavaSoft.
Web Automation technology is based on webMethods' Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL) 2.0, an XML application that defines Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to Web data and services.
XML is being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Although XML is a recent and ongoing development, leading vendors such as Sun, Netscape, and Microsoft have already committed to supporting XML. XML allows developers to markup data in Web documents so that it is machine-readable. Influential organizations like CommerceNet now believe that XML is the "killer application" needed to make data on the Web useful for electronic commerce.
"WIDL 2.0, as an application of XML, offers powerful new possibilities for automating information exchange over the Web, offering a 100% Web-based alternative to EDI for business-to-business e-commerce," said Phillip Merrick, president of webMethods, Inc.
Web Automation Enables Business to Business E-Commerce Now
How WIDL Enables Web Automation
Although WIDL is an XML application, it does not require Web content that is formatted in XML. WIDL creates XML definitions over existing HTML content, so companies can take advantage of Web Automation now.
About Web Automation Products
About webMethods, Inc.
For more information, contact webMethods Inc., 3975 University Drive, Suite 360, Fairfax, VA 22030. Phone: 703/352-8501; Fax: 703/352-0370; Email: info@webMethods.com; Web: www.webMethods.com
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