Accelerating their efforts to forge standards together, Microsoft and IBM this week submitted a test suite for viewing and creating information in corporate databases tagged with the XML language to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The language, called XML Query (XQuery), uses queries to extract data from real and virtual Web documents, paving the way for XML files to be accessed like databases. The firms described the suite as a way for XQuery application developers to test their own work.
Jeff Jones, director of strategy, data management at IBM, said XQuery is important because of the vast amounts of information existing on the Web that many developers are trying to reign in. This creates a lucrative opportunity for companies who make and sell databases because businesses can retrieve data quicker and easier with such applications that support XQuery. It is likely that this fast, easy data retrieval will be attractive to prospective database customers looking for products from the vendor with the most to offer.
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