Dan Brickley Daniel.Brickley at
Wed May 26 23:37:44 BST 1999

This (below) article just appeared on CNet. Politics and half-finished
web sites aside, I'd be interested to hear if anyone could outline how
these two approaches differ technically. I don't so much mean
DTDs-versus-XYZSchema-format, but in the architectural approach they're
taking. Are these to be community forums  of machine-queryable
repositories or some combination of both? Do and
differ in any technical rather than political way? It's hard to tell
from the web sites...


	Taking sides on XML

	Microsoft's attempt to jump-start adoption of the Extensible
	Markup Language (XML) has drawn battle lines in the rapidly
	evolving market, in some ways reminiscent of the industry split
	over the Java programming language.


On one side is Microsoft's BizTalk initiative and its Web
site, established this week as an XML design clearing house, developer
resource, and repository for XML schemas. 

Microsoft has lined up an impressive list of BizTalk backers, including
most of the major enterprise resource planning (ERP) software
makers--except Oracle-- e-commerce software and service providers like
Ariba, and big-name technology consumers, such as Boeing. 

On the other side is, an XML developer portal launched this week
by Oasis, a nonprofit consortium. Oasis, which has been building its
portal for a year, has been endorsed by virtually all other big-name
software makers, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, and Oracle. 

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