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Historic Introduces XML Specifications Catalog and Submissions Form Expands As XML Information Clearinghouse

Industry Portal Adds New XML Schemas and Introduces XML Specifications Catalog and Submissions Form

Boston, MA. September 13, 1999.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, today announced major enhancements to, the open, vendor-neutral industry portal for XML. New XML schemas from DataChannel and the HR-XML Consortium have been submitted to Other content upgrades include the addition of the Specifications Catalog (, a comprehensive list of XML specifications currently under development including links for more information. The site also incorporates the Specification Submission Form to encourage and enable organizations to share their XML specifications with the community at large.

DataChannel's submission to is the Portal Markup Language (PML), which is designed to support inter-portal communication by providing an XML-based description of portal-related data and metadata. PML incorporates the basics of vocabularies such as Dublin Core, Directory Services Markup and WebDAV and will continue to closely track applicable standards of relevance to this arena.

"Submitting our schema to was a logical choice for us," said Norbert Mikula, CTO of DataChannel, which is an Affiliate sponsor. "With this specification we want to foster interoperability in the arena of XML-based Enterprise Information Portals."

The HR-XML Consortium submitted three XML schemas to, all designed to enable a new generation of web-based workforce management and recruiting services. Based on open, e-commerce models, this next generation workforce management and recruiting services promises to deliver employers greater ROI for the staffing expenditures, while giving HR and staffing vendors new opportunities for growth and profit.

The Specifications Catalog adds a much-needed dimension to the OASIS-hosted site. "Interest in XML is growing at such a phenomenal rate that many people are confused about the abundance of XML specifications in use or under development," explained Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "The Specifications Catalog will serve as a central resource of information on 'who's doing what' in XML. The Catalog is a precursor to the fully operational Registry & Repository, which will be launched in early 2000."

" is designed to be a self-supporting community resource that is vendor-neutral and accessible to everyone needing to make XML schemas and other standards-based XML specifications available to the world," said Bob Sutor (IBM), Chief Strategy Officer of OASIS and member of the Steering Committee. "The new content, including the Specifications Catalog and the Specification Submission Form, is an important step in meeting our goals."

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 the 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, Chrystal Software, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet, Enigma, Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, Inso, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, Keyfile, Larson Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NIST, Object Design, POET Software, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, System Development, Wavo, Xerox, XyEnterprise and Zeh Graphics Systems.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Program Manager
Tel: +1.412.963.1479

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

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