Testimonials for "W3C XML is Ten!"

These testimonials accompany the press release W3C XML is Ten!.


IBM congratulates W3C on the 10th anniversary of XML. XML is truly the 'language of the new web' and is one of the most significant Internet standards to emerge since the birth of the Web. It is the cornerstone of interoperability in the heterogeneous world that the Web ties together, providing for open industry standard, platform- and programming language-independent data integration, document management, and distributed computing. IBM is proud to have played a leadership role in the development of XML and also other key related technologies including XML Query, XSL, XML Schema and SOAP which have expanded on XML's foundation. IBM's market leading product families (WebSphere, Lotus, DB2, Tivoli and Rational) in combination with our market leading services offerings have embraced XML in providing real-world SOA solutions that span all customer segments (from manufacturing to finance, and government to health care & life sciences).

Karla Norsworthy, VP IBM Software Standards


In the long story started by SML, then SGML, Web SGML and now XML, Innovimax is sure that XML after ten years is now an unescapable technology. It is stable, reliable, and the basis of a huge ecosystem. Innovimax provides strong added values to help you find what part of XML ecosystem fit you best.

Mohamed ZERGAOUI, CTO, Innovimax


In 1997 Bill Gates told audiences "XML is a breakthrough technology" and since the inception of XML, Microsoft is proud of its role in collaborating with W3C to make that prediction a reality. The 1998 Recommendation provided a critical step on the road toward interoperable data and documents. Today XML is deeply supported in Windows Vista, Office, Internet Explorer, SQL Server, .NET Framework, Windows Live, and many other Microsoft products used by hundreds of millions of people. Going forward, document standards such as Office Open XML will provide cross-vendor interoperability and other XML benefits to a growing audience worldwide.

Jean Paoli, Co-Editor of the W3C XML 1.0 Standard and General Manager Microsoft Interoperability and XML Architecture

Sun Microsystems

Happy birthday, XML. We're excited to see you growing up!

It's axiomatic that great innovations are often right underneath our noses. So it was with the creation of the Extensible Markup Language (XML), which grew out of the publishing world and its Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). SGML allowed for the definition of human- and machine-readable "tag sets" that gave rise to interoperable structured documents. SGML made it easy for users to assemble a single document from many sources and to validate correct document structure, which vastly simplified data publishing and management and empowered document creators. It thus became enormously valuable to people responsible for large, complex document sets, such as technical documentation for a Boeing 747 plane or a Sun server.

In the early 1990s, many who worked on the SGML standard realized that its constructs would apply equally well to the World Wide Web. They also realized that the technology would be most beneficial if it were an open technical IT standard like other core Internet technologies, available for public review and discussion and without any impediments to implementation, such as licensing fees and restrictions. In 1996, Jon Bosak of Sun Microsystems accepted a challenge from Dan Connolly of the World Wide Web Consortium to develop a profile of SGML designed for web use. Bosak's involvement in the standards world allowed him to quickly assemble a world-class group of SGML experts chartered to create "SGML for the Web," now known as XML. Two years, countless emails and Sun-sponsored teleconference calls later -- XML was created "virtually" without a single in-person meeting -- XML 1.0 became a W3C Recommendation.

Along with TCP/IP, FTP, NFS, HTML, and HTTP, XML has driven innovation and progress across industries by making the Internet more useful and usable. The global impact of XML is probably incalculable. XML's simplification of data management and exchange has added enormous value: data management has been estimated to account for 60 to 80 percent of IT budgets, and there's no doubt XML has allowed IT projects to save money and concentrate on higher-value outcomes. To take one example, small companies can now use the XML-based ebXML e-business standards to communicate business data as securely as with EDI but at a significantly lower cost. XML has driven innovation, integration, and collaboration in almost every industry, from healthcare -- almost all the various specifications outlined in the U.S. Nationwide Health Information Network are based on XML -- to the auto industry and government. The adoption of XML was largely responsible for the adoption of Unicode. XML underlies service-oriented architectures, web feeds, and ODF, the first truly open international IT standard for office document formats.

Sun is proud to have organized and led XML's development. Beyond its technical merits, its success owes much to the support offered by the W3C community in creating a truly open standard. This open nature ensures that XML will continue to evolve as creative minds take it in directions its founders never dreamed of, with interoperability always in reach.

What will be the next revolution in software design and network computing? We have a lot of ideas. But one thing we can safely predict is that it will be freely available to all and standardized with full community involvement.

Bill Smith, Sr. Director Business Strategy, Sun Microsystems



Dans la grande histoire des languages SML, SGML, Web SGML et désormais XML, Innovimax est persuadée qu'XML, après dix années, est dorénavant une technologie incontournable. Elle est stable, sûre et la base d'un gigantesque écosystème. Innovimax vous apportera toute sa valeur ajoutée afin que de trouver avec vous quelle part de cet écosystème maximisera votre investissement.

Mohamed ZERGAOUI, Directeur de l'innovation, Innovimax

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/