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EDS, Computer Associates, BEA Systems and 20 other companies unveiled an XML-based standard called Data Centre Markup Language (DCML).
The specification aims to provide standards on which users can build and deploy enterprise applications. The organisations promoting DCML want to enhance interoperability of disparate IT systems to encourage the use of utility computing in large datacentres.
Standards body Liberty Alliance last week took over the work of European mobile standards group Radicchio, which was formed by Vodafone, Orange and Ericcson in 1999.
Radicchio's Trusted Transaction Roaming platform, which authenticates mobile device users across different networks, will be adopted by Liberty Alliance as a mobile commerce platform.
The World Wide Web Consortium last week finalised specifications for Xforms, its next-generation e-commerce transaction forms standard, which is based on XML.