Industry group agrees on XML model

The Business Internet Consortium (BIC) has released its publication of a "conceptual model" for XML that targets the language's...

The Business Internet Consortium (BIC) has 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.

BIC members include Compaq, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, plus end users such as Gillette and Reuters.

According to Terry Spires, chairman of BIC and a marketing manager at Intel, over 250 versions of XML are available, each containing subtle differences in the way data is handled within an application.

Scott Jeffreys, senior vice-president of technology alliances at Reuters, and head of the customer advisory board for BIC claimed that the XML and other guidelines from the consortium are important because they work 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.

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