XML Phase III begins

Jon Bosak bosak at boethius.eng.sun.com
Wed Sep 15 05:29:15 BST 1999

The World Wide Web Consortium has just announced Phase III of the W3C
XML Activity.

Phase I of the activity, from June 1996 to August 1998, defined XML
1.0 and XML Namespaces.

Phase II, from August 1998 to August 1999, created XML information set
and XML fragment specifications, corrected errors in the XML 1.0
Recommendation, and began work on XML linking, XML schemas, and XML
stylesheets (the last of these being moved into the W3C User Interface
Domain under the name "XSL").

Phase III, which officially began 13 September 1999, continues the XML
Linking and XML Schema Working Groups and creates an XML Core Working
Group to continue the work of the former XML Infoset, Syntax, and
Fragments WGs and provide a forum for further work on XML namespaces.
It also adds an XML Query Working Group tasked with the development of
an XML query language and provides for the creation of an XML
Packaging WG when work on the other specifications reaches a point
where resources can be devoted to it.

As in Phase II, the XML Activity is managed by an XML Coordination
Group, consisting of the chairs of the XML WGs, and an XML Plenary,
which consists of the participants in the XML WGs and provides a forum
for the discussion of requirements and architectural issues.

Jon Bosak
Chair, W3C XML Coordination Group and XML Plenary

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