XSA 1.0 Specification Released
Date: 24 Jan 1999 23:59:17 +0100 From: Lars Marius Garshol <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: XSA 1.0 specification released
XSA is an XML-based system that allows anyone who is interested to automatically discover new versions of software products as they are released by polling XML documents describing the products. It is mainly intended to help software index maintainers keep their indexes up to date.
I have now finalized the XSA 1.0 specification and XSA is thus ready for use.
The accompanying software is still being tested, but will be released as soon as possible, probably in a week or so. I will announce it here when it is ready.
What this means is that we now have an XML application for publishing structured information on the web that is ready for use. I am using it (via a cron job on my Linux machine) to keep track of new releases on my XML tools list , and I'm confident that other software list maintainers will start using the system as well once I release the software.
So, to all you developers of XML software: please make yourself an XSA document and publish it on the web. That way we can both keep the software indexes updated and demonstrate that XML can actually be used. The more people who do this, the more useful the system will be.
The XSA site contains both a wizard for making documents, an online validator and a form for registering new XSA documents.
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