XML-related 2000 Activities summary

From: Grant Bowman (grant@suse.com)
Date: Sat Jan 06 2001 - 00:27:35 PST

FYI, for those of you who find the task of keeping up with XML status a

We talked at one point about assisting with the evolution of XML
standards if that were necessary. Are there strategic areas we should
examine for possible involvement with respect to the W3C and OASIS
standards bodies?


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Dear Reader,

As another year starts, it seems very unlikely that anybody could have fully envisaged where XML would be right now. Since its invention XML has found its way into many areas way outside the scope of document markup, whence it came.

This diversity is reflected in our two main features this week. The main two creators of XML standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), have had a busy year during 2000. At the beginning of 2001, we're pleased to present a "Standards Update" from both organizations.

In their respective articles, the W3C and OASIS set out their current involvement with the development of XML. For the W3C, 2000 was a year of both consolidation and expansion, with the publication of the second edition of the XML 1.0 spec and the creation of the XML Protocols Activity. OASIS has also expanded its activities considerably, with many encouraging interoperability initiatives and new technical committees.

Once you've read the standards reports and feel you're up to date, it's time to get down to some serious work on XSLT. In the second part of his "Axis Powers" article, Bob DuCharme continues to explain XPath axes and their role within XSLT. In this article he covers some of the lesser known axes and explains how to deal with namespaces in XPath.

I hope you have had a pleasant holiday break, and I look forward to sharing this year's exciting XML developments with you.

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XML-related Activities at the W3C By C.M. Sperberg-McQueen This report from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on the development of XML-related specifications highlights the diverse paths that XML has taken since its invention a few years ago.



OASIS Technical Committee Work By Karl F. Best The mission of OASIS is to promote and encourage the use of structured information standards such as XML and SGML. This report describes the work in which OASIS is currently engaged.



Axis Powers: Part Two By Bob DuCharme Part one of this series introduced the role of XPath axes in XSLT. This article explains the remaining axes and shows how to handle namespaces in XPath.


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Program for XSLT-UK, the First XSLT Conference. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-04-a

W3C Last Call Working Drafts for Speech Recognition Grammar and Speech Synthesis Markup La... http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-03-d

Microsoft Releases Updated SOAP Toolkit and Web Services Behavior Application. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-03-c

W3C Working Draft for Stochastic Language Models (N-Gram) Specification. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-03-b

CGM Open Releases Browser Helper Object (BHO) for WebCGM Web Graphics. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-03-a

Release of Apache FOP Version 0.16. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-02-c

XML Namespace Resources. http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html#ni2001-01-02-b

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