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Future of XML

What do you see for the future of XML? Obviously, one of the largest problems will be deciding on schemas. How do you think this should be done? Propose a way to manage schemas in different companies, industries, and business in general. What pitfalls can you work around?

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What do you see for the future of XML?

XML is used to exchange information in many domains and scenarios. VoiceXML,
MathML, SVG, RSS, Web3D, RDF/XML, XMP, XUL, SOAP, Ajax, and Jabber/XMPP are
just a few XML-based technologies. Popular productivity suites such as
Microsoft Office and OpenOffice use XML. XML is cited by an increasing number
of specifications, including ISO specifications.

Why has XML been so successful? To start, it is a structured text format that
is easily processed by computers, but also by humans, who can "view the
source" and take inspiration from it or debug it with readily available tools.
XML thus simplifies the tasks of creating and maintaining software. As a
platform-independent open standard that supports efficient parsing, XML was
quickly supported in libraries for popular programming languages (including
Java, C#, Python, Perl, and C) and subsequently in free and open source
applications. W3C appreciates the active discussion forums about XML such as
xml-dev, which have helped improve and propagate the standards.

The global adoption of XML was further enabled by its support for internationalization;
XML 1.1 extends and simplifies XML 1.0's support for users from around the
world. The XML family of technologies (including XSLT, XML Schema, SAX,
Document Object Model (DOM), and XML Signature/ Encryption) constitute a
complete and economical toolkit for data management, contributing further to
its success.

W3C is strongly committed to the future of XML. By the end of 2006, W3C
expects to publish W3C Recommendations for XML Query 1.0 and XSLT 2.0. W3C is
revising XML Schema, heavily used in SOAP-based Web services, and planning
additions to XML Query beyond the 1.0 version. The XML Processing Model
Working Group will soon publish the first draft of an XML language for
specifying sequences of operations on XML documents, such as transformation,
validation, inclusion and decryption, based on existing XML pipeline products
and free and open source designs.

Generic compression techniques can be applied to XML documents, but a number
of XML-specific technologies for improving the efficiency of XML storage,
transmission and processing have been developed. W3C has chartered a Working
Group on Efficient XML Interchange to expand the outreach of XML into further
domains that ...

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What do you see for the future of XML? Obviously, one of the largest problems will be deciding on schemas. How do you think this should be done? Propose a way to manage schemas in different companies, industries, and business in general. What pitfalls can you work around?

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