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News Release: XML is Ten!

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:46:33 -0600
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W3C XML is Ten!
Community Invited to Celebrate XML Everywhere

   http://www.w3.org/ -- 12 February 2008 -- To mark the ten year
   anniversary of the publication of its Extensible Markup Language
   (XML) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation, the World Wide Web Consortium
   plans throughout 2008 to recognize and thank the dedicated
   communities and individuals responsible for XML for their
   contributions — including people who have participated in W3C's XML
   groups and mailing lists, the SGML community, and xml-dev —
   through a variety of activities and events. XML is a simple, open,
   and flexible format used to exchange a wide variety of data on and
   off the Web. The success of XML is a strong indicator of how
   dedicated individuals, working within the W3C Process, can engage
   with a larger community to produce industry-changing results.

See the full text below.

- Ian Jacobs Head of W3C Communications

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Resources
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XML10 home page: 
  http://www.w3.org/2008/xml10/

XML10 greeting card:
  http://www.w3.org/2008/xml10/card/greeting-form

This press release:
  English: http://www.w3.org/2008/xml10/xml10-pressrelease
  French: http://www.w3.org/2008/02/xml10-pressrelease.html.fr
  Japanese: http://www.w3.org/2008/02/xml10-pressrelease.html.ja
  Other languages:
    http://www.w3.org/Press/#x2008-xml10

W3C Member Testimonials:
  http://www.w3.org/2008/xml10/xml10-testimonial

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Full press release text
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W3C XML is Ten!
Community Invited to Celebrate XML Everywhere

     _________________________________________________________

   Contact Americas, Australia --
          Ian Jacobs, <ij@w3.org>, +1.718.260.9447 or +1.617.253.2613

   Contact Europe, Africa and the Middle East --
          Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94

   Contact Asia --
          Yasuyuki Hirakawa <chibao@w3.org>, +81.466.49.1170
     _________________________________________________________


http://www.w3.org/ -- 12 February 2008 -- To mark the ten year
   anniversary of the publication of its Extensible Markup Language
   (XML) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation, the World Wide Web Consortium
   plans throughout 2008 to recognize and thank the dedicated
   communities and individuals responsible for XML for their
   contributions — including people who have participated in W3C's XML
   groups and mailing lists, the SGML community, and xml-dev —
   through a variety of activities and events. XML is a simple, open,
   and flexible format used to exchange a wide variety of data on and
   off the Web. The success of XML is a strong indicator of how
   dedicated individuals, working within the W3C Process, can engage
   with a larger community to produce industry-changing results.


W3C XML is Everywhere

   "There is essentially no computer in the world, desk-top, hand-held,
   or back-room, that doesn't process XML sometimes," said Tim Bray of
   Sun Microsystems. "This is a good thing, because it shows that
   information can be packaged and transmitted and used in a way that's
   independent of the kinds of computer and software that are involved.
   XML won't be the last neutral information-wrapping system; but as
   the first, it's done very well."

   Indeed, one can hardly get through the day without using technology
   that is based on XML in some fashion. When you fill your auto tank
   with gas, XML often flows from pump to station. When you configure
   your digital camera, on some models you do so via XML-based
   graphical controls. When you plug it into a computer, the camera and
   the operating system communicate with each other in XML. When you
   download digital music, the software you use to organize it is
   likely to store information about songs as XML. And when you explore
   the planet Mars, XML goes with you; see the story about open
   source on Mars.

W3C XML a Community Effort

   W3C would like to extend congratulations to the participants of
   the XML Working Group that created the standard: Jon Bosak, Paula
   Angerstein, Tim Bray (co-Editor), James Clark, Dan Connolly, Steve
   DeRose, Dave Hollander, Eliot Kimber, Tom Magliery, Eve Maler,
   Murray Maloney, Makoto Murata, Joel Nava, Conleth O'Connell, Jean
   Paoli (co-Editor), Peter Sharpe, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (co-Editor),
   and John Tigue.


   "The tenth anniversary of XML is a good time to reflect on the
   reasons for its creation," said Jon Bosak, the Sun Microsystems
   Distinguished Engineer who organized and led the W3C Working Group
   that produced the XML 1.0 Recommendation. "XML and its associated
   standards have conferred so many technical benefits over the years
   that it's easy to lose track of the forces that motivated the
   industry to base future web development on a profile of an
   International Standard, SGML (ISO 8879:1986). Underlying all the
   technical work was a struggle between users and vendors over the
   ownership of data. Sun Microsystems sponsored the effort to make XML
   the standard for web data because we knew that the alternative was a
   closed, non-interoperable format. Today we celebrate the success of
   open standards in preserving web data from vendor lock-in. The
   struggle is far from over, but I'm proud that Sun was able to foster
   a development that can someday make vendor-independent data a
   reality."

   XML is an interoperable standard that supports internationalization,
   extensibility, composition, and persistence (because the format is
   open and can also be read by humans in a pinch); learn more about
   XML-based data formats. XML is supported by a rich toolkit of
   related standards, including XSLT (for transforming XML content),
   XQuery (for querying XML databases), Document Object Model (for
   access in a programming environment), XML Schema, and XML Signature
   and Encryption. XML interoperability has made it a natural choice
   for defining both document formats (such as SVG or VoiceXML) and
   services (both SOAP-based and HTTP-based).


W3C Continues to Invest in XML

   W3C has invested in the maintenance of XML since it was first
   published. Specification maintenance can be a thankless task, but
   the XML Core Working Group has worked to ensure that community bug
   reports lead to corrections of the specification. Indeed, on 5
   February the XML Core Working Group published a Fifth Edition of
   XML 1.0 as a Proposed Edited Recommendation, inviting the community
   to review the latest round of changes. W3C also takes this
   opportunity to thank the XML Core Working Group, and in
   particular to co-Chairs Paul Grosso and Norm Walsh for their
   dedication.

Join the W3C XML10 Celebration

   As part of the W3C XML10 Celebration, W3C aims to include video
   interviews of people in the XML community, and to distribute XML10
   goodies at XML-related events throughout 2008. To support these
   projects, W3C has invited W3C Members to become XML10 Sponsors. W3C
   would like to thank the FLWOR Foundation for their generous
   support of XML10.

   Using the XML10 Greeting Card, please tell us about your blog
   entries, videos, articles, XML deployment facts, and other thoughts
   about XML. Submitted greetings will be public.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

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   information see http://www.w3.org/



-- 
Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
Tel:                     +1 718 260-9447

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