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Day: November 8, 1999 (Page 1 of 3)

DataChannel Donates XPages to Open Source Tools Library

DataChannel will donate its XPages, an XML application markup language, to the Apache XML Project Open Source Library. The rapid adoption of XML has triggered an overwhelming demand for Open Source XML and XSL tools. DataChannel’s XPages is an XML application markup language for quickly building data-driven, cross-platform Web applications that integrate disparate data sources. XPages offers a dynamic application environment defined by an XML file that aggregates multiple data sources, makes that data URL addressable and defines custom methods to access that data for presentation at the desktop or other devices. The DataChannel submission to the XML.APACHE.ORG Project includes Java code for a servlet based engine. The Project code, along with developer participation guidelines, is available at,

Symix Publishes XML Schema for Collaboration

Symix Systems, Inc. announced that it has published key XML schemas to the repository as a part of its initiative for midsize manufacturers and distributors. As a part of its eBusiness initiative, Symix is supporting the use of XML as a common data exchange framework. Symix has posted two midmarket- and industry-specific XML schemas — Bill of Materials (BOM) and Order Promise Date Request/Response — to to facilitate the collaboration and information exchange between its midmarket customers and their customers and trading partners. Symix plans to post additional schemas to the repository.

Apache Software Foundation Launches Project

The Apache Software Foundation, in collaboration with Bowstreet, DataChannel, Exoffice, IBM, Lotus Development Corporation and Sun Microsystems, announced the formation of the Project in response to the overwhelming demand for Open Source XML and XSL tools triggered by the rapid adoption of XML. will advance the development and deployment of XML and XSL standards, and demonstrate the power of these technologies on both Web server- and client-side environments. In addition, will provide a robust set of XML- and XSL-related libraries and applications within an industry-wide, peer-based Open Source development process. The Project is being bootstrapped with technology donations from several vendors and Open Source XML developers, and will be maintained by the Project team. The donated technologies include: XML4J and XML4C Parsers from IBM, Java Project X and XHTML Parser from Sun Microsystems, LotusXSL, from Lotus Development Corporation, XPages, from DataChannel, FOP, from James Tauber, now with Bowstreet, Cocoon, from Stefano Mazzocchi and the Java-Apache community, OpenXML, from Exoffice and Assaf Arkin, and XSL:P, from Exoffice and Keith Visco. xml.apache. org will name its parser technology Xerces, which will be based on IBM’s XML4J and XML4C technologies. The next version will incorporate the best features on Sun’s parser and other contributions from the open source community.

Official Documentation for DocBook DTD Released by O’Reilly

OASIS, the organization responsible for the continued maintenance of the DocBook DTD, has designated O’Reilly’s latest release, “DocBook: the Definitive Guide”, as the official documentation of the DocBook DTD. DocBook is a system for writing structured documents using SGML and XML. DocBook, provides all the elements you’ll need for technical documents of all kinds. A number of computer companies use DocBook for their documentation, as do several Open Source documentation groups, including the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). With the consistent use of DocBook, these groups can readily share and exchange information. With an XML-enabled browser, DocBook documents are as accessible on the Web as in print. “DocBook: The Definitive Guide” will be at your local bookstore, and in its entirety, online at

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