Industry group agrees on XML model

With so many versions of XML being promoted, it's no surprise that a standard for the standard was announced on Monday.

The Business Internet Consortium (BIC) released its publication of a "conceptual model" for XML that targets the language's use in e-business applications. The model defines specific protocols that represent a convergence of XML approaches taken in different industries represented by BIC members.

The BIC group is comprised of vendors, including Compaq Computer, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, as well as users including Ford Motor, The Gillette Co. and Reuters Group PLC.

According to Terry Spires, chairman of BIC and a marketing manager at Intel, more than 250 versions of XML are available, each with subtle differences in the way messages are handled within an application.

For example, at Reuters, the company is "intimately involved with NewsML," an XML version for delivering financial and other news online, according to Scott Jeffreys, senior vice president of technology alliances at the London-based news and information-services company.

What makes the XML and other guidelines from the consortium important, said Jeffreys, who heads the customer advisory board for BIC, is that instead of defining a standard in an abstract sense, it works to solve specific Internet-related problems that users face in day-to-day business.

BIC's XML model will be useful to Reuters, he said, because the company "not only consumes XML feeds from other companies, but we produce them. We get to see both sides of the equation."

BIC's XML model was also released with implementation case studies from Intel, Ford and RosettaNet to give users specific instructions on how to follow the converged approach to XML.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mark Hall

Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?