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Open Market Products to Support XML

Open Market Inc., a provider of Internet commerce software, announced its support of the XML family of languages for its Folio products.

On Dec. 8, 1997, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) advanced XML (eXtensible Markup Language) as a proposed meta-language standard. Development continues on the related XSL (eXtensible Style Sheet Language) and XLL (eXtensible Linking Language) standards.

Cambridge, MA-based Open Market said it will support the development and adoption of XML as a meta-language standard, and has already embraced XML for data interchange between the components of its Internet commerce solution.

The company is a member of the W3C and contributor to the W3C XML initiative.

Open Market claims that XML holds promise as a standard way of describing document structure and exchanging data. XML enables rich searching, compound document support, and the repurposing of content. XSL stylesheets will render XML documents distributed via CD-ROM, the Web, or print.

"XML provides a quantum leap in capabilities for publishers and commercial enterprises," said Lawrence Stewart, chief scientist at Open Market. "Information publishers will be able to distribute documents with all the richness provided by their authors, no matter what format, and businesses selling on the Internet will be able to exchange fully functional business documents such as catalogs, orders, invoices, and payments without using proprietary formats or requiring the expensive setup of EDI."

Open Market's current Folio products enable publishers to distribute information from a Folio "infobase" to the Internet or to CD-ROM. Folio products currently provide the means to import HTML, SGML, XML, and popular word processing documents. With support of XML, the Folio infobase will be opened to allow documents to be indexed and secured in their native formats.