W3C XML

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W3C XMLWorld Wide Web Consortium Extensible Markup Language
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XML Schema Language (W3C XML Schema, 2003) provides a means for defining the structure, content, and semantics of XML documents.
In addition, W3C invites developers to send in sample schemas for a test suite library, to be reviewed and managed by the W3C XML Schema Working Group.
"As a co-founder of the W3C XML working group and a leading provider of XML technologies in the industry, Microsoft views XML as the language of choice for building data driven-applications," said VP of Microsoft's developer division Tod Nielsen, in a statement sure to make anti- Microsoft, pro-standards developers nervous.
These three W3C XML standards are key to manipulating, preserving, and reusing investments in office content.
This is a very nicely organized book that provides a good foundation for understanding the process of building your own XML Schema, conforming to W3C XML Schema standards, revising your own XML Schema, and integrating it into your applications.
An RDF Schema isn't required for valid RDF (neither is a W3C XML Schema or an XML 1.0 Document Type Definition-DTD), but it does help prevent confusion when people want to share a vocabulary.
Prepared by Tim Bray, a member of the W3C XML Working Group, the document uses separate windows for the specification and the commentary.
The new version has also been enhanced with a graphical stylesheet creation tool and it implements the latest W3C XML Schema recommendations.
Microsoft's Office Open XML was formally proposed as a standard by Jean Paoli, senior director of XML architecture for Microsoft (and co-creator of the W3C XML standard), in December 2005 to ECMA International (the creators of the ECMAscript version of standardized Javascript, and recently of the standard for C#, Microsoft's competitor for Java).
The W3C XML Linking Working Group, along with the W3C XML Core Working Group, began working on ways to expand the power of linking to and identifying XML fragments.
Adobe is building on key W3C XML standards related to security, look-and-feel, and document structures.
This year's W3C XML standards cluster into roughly four areas: XHTML (modularization, multimedia), format independence (upgrades to the Web formatting capability called Cascading Style Sheets), semantic Web, and multimedia (speech and speech recognition, voice browsers).