APPENDIX XML Standards Bodies and Open Specifications

Open software standards are defined as open to use by anybody and standard in the way they specify particular functionality; however, these three simple words convey meaning far beyond what’s stated. For example, in an ideal situation, with open software standards, software developers could write programs with components from different vendors and not fear interoperability problems. The problem of being locked into a particular vendor would go away.

The role of the World Web Consortium (W3C) and other standards bodies is to come up with enough quality functionality to satisfy a majority of the software development community. And because requirements change at different times for different ...

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