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Team Comment on XML Pipeline Definition Language Version 1.0 Submission

W3C is pleased to receive the XML Pipeline Definition Language Version 1.0 Submission from Sun Microsystems, Inc., Alis Technologies, Inc., Arbortext, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Markup Technology, Ltd., Oracle Corporation, Propylon, SAP AG, and Software AG

The XML Pipeline Definition Language is an XML vocabulary for describing the processing relationships between XML resources. A pipeline document lets you specify the inputs and outputs to XML processes that you define, and a pipeline controller uses this document to figure out the chain of processing that must be executed in order to get a particular result. For example, you can use a pipeline document to specify that the XML messages coming into a business transaction hub must be validated and augmented with datatype information using XML Schema, then transformed with XSLT to bring them into a hub language, then queried for various purposes.

Next Steps

The XML 1.0 specification is silent on the subject of how an XML document is to be processed; the submitters of the The XML Pipeline Definition Language requested that the document be presented to the XML Core Working Group for consideration. That Working Group does not have Pipelines or process control within its current charter, so although this submission will be brought to their attention, it is possible that a separate Working Group should be formed.

The submission should also be reviewed by the XML Signature Working Group for possible synregy with xmldsig work.

Since there is no Working Group chartered to read comments, any comments may be sent directly to the authors, whose addresses are given on the submission.

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Liam Quin Team Contact for the XML Core Working Group.