Testimonials for XML Schema Recommendation

These are associated with the Press Release announcing XML Schema as a W3C Recommendation.

Altova has been an active supporter of XML Schema from the start, because we believe XML Schema will play an important role in bridging the gap between traditional database-like information and document-like content that is typically expressed using markup languages. This will enable a whole new generation of content and e-business applications fueling both the semantic web and B2B exchange efforts. Altova applauds the advancement of XML Schema to W3C Recommendation and is proud to have been involved in the XML Schema Working Group. Altova already supports the XML Schema Candidate Recommendation in its XML Spy 3.5 IDE product and will introduce updated support for the final Recommendation version of XML Schema in the upcoming XML Spy 4.0 product line later this month.
-- Alexander Falk, President & CEO, Altova, GmBH

Commerce One is extremely pleased to see XML Schema 1.0 advance to Recommendation. XML Schema supports many of the advanced features first introduced by Commerce One's Schema for Object-Oriented XML (SOX), ensuring an easy migration path for SOX users to XML Schema. By providing these advanced capabilities to all users, XML Schema represents an important step for the Web community and electronic commerce in particular. Commerce One is committed to adopting XML Schema in its products. We will shortly provide a version of XML Common Business Library (xCBL) 3.0, the leading, component-based library of XML eCommerce documents, in XML Schema.
-- Dr. Matthew Fuchs, Chief Scientist for XML Technologies, Commerce One

XML Schema is a critical technology for e-business applications and the emergence of web services. IBM is committed to open standards to ensure the interoperability and longevity of the solutions we build for our customers. We have been involved with XML Schema from its beginning in both the specification development and the open source implementations that have tracked the emerging standard. We are pleased to support XML Schema as a W3C Recommendation.
-- Bob Sutor, Director, e-business Standards Strategy, IBM

IPR Systems is pleased to see the formal approval of the XML Schema recommendation as it provides a key technology for the vision of the new "Semantic Web". XML Schema is a fundamental and new architecture and opens the possibility of revolutionary enhancements in understanding Web resources via structured data and metadata. XML Schema will play a critical role in emerging new digital industries that will work together to delivery the "full potential" of the Web.
-- Dr. Renato Iannella, Chief Scientist, IPR Systems

XML Schema is a significant milestone in the evolution of XML as an industrial strength web services technology. Lotus played a significant role in the development of XML Schema, and we are pleased to support the publication of XML Schema as a W3C Recommendation.
-- Neil Starkey, Chief Technical Officer, Lotus Development Corporation

XML Schema is a significant milestone in the evolution and maturity of XML, and a key enabler of Web services and peer-to-peer computing. Interoperability in a world populated by millions of PCs, smart devices and Web services is only possible when based on rigorously defined data formats and protocols. The opportunities created by XML for businesses and consumers are greatly enhanced by this release of XML Schema. The adoption of XML and XML Schema throughout Microsoft's products and services is at the heart of our .NET vision for Web services.
-- Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation

As both an application suite and information management software provider, Oracle has been actively involved in the definition of XML Schema to meet the needs of e-businesses for information exchange and business process integration. Oracle's early involvement and implementations of XML Schema helps ensure that Oracle's customers benefit from the very latest open XML standards while delivering XML-based B2B applications. In fact, XML Schema is at the core of the native XML support in the Oracle9i(tm) Database, enabling developers to easily and seamlessly manipulate complex XML e-business data using Java and SQL.
-- Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President of Database and Application Server Technologies, Oracle Corporation

XML Schemas provide us with the ability to clearly and flexibly describe the content of XML messages, allowing us to reliably automate commercial and financial transactions and bring them into the world of "Internet time", including "straight through processing and "T+1" or "T+0" settlement for securities transactions. Reuters will be using XML Schemas as an integral part of its product development, and we thank the W3C for this work, which is an important step in the continuing XML story.
-- Mike Sayers, CTO, Reuters

SAP is pleased to see that XML Schema has become a W3C Recommendation. XML Schema is a key integration technology for supporting tightly coupled business processes through loosely coupled components within and outside of the company boundary and an essential standard for building and leveraging shared knowledge about collaborative services and processes. SAP is committed to embracing XML Schema throughout the mySAP.com e-business platform by providing XML-based services and leveraging XML Schema to support business integration within mySAP Technology.
-- Dr. Peter Barth, Director Corporate Marketing mySAP Technology and mySAP Workplace, SAP AG

We welcome the designation of the W3C XML Schema specifications as official W3C Recommendations. This event is important not only because of the practical benefits it will bring to the World Wide Web, but also because it represents a major success for collaboration between science and industry: The design of XML Schema depends not only on the practical experience of industry, but also on a unique confluence of scientific inputs, from disciplines as diverse as formal language theory, computational linguistics and type theory. We are pleased to have contributed to this work, and are already seeing the benefits of using it in our own research and development activities.
-- Henry S. Thompson, Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, Division of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Exchanging business information is a critical requirement for automating business processes within and between companies. webMethods is pleased to see XML Schema approved as a Recommendation, and to have been an active participation in the development of this standard. XML Schema makes describing, exchanging, and validating business information easier and more flexible. We are proud to have delivered support for the October CR draft in our 4.0 release and will continue to advance our support for this standard.
-- Jim Green, Chief Technology Officer, webMethods

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

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