The Object Management Group (OMG) is on the verge of approving its metadata interchange format standard, dubbed XMI.
The standard is based on the much hyped Extensible Markup Language (XML), which is the mechanism employed to enable users to exchange and verify models written in the Unified Modelling Language (UML), and metamodels based on the Meta Object Facility (Mof).
This means users can transfer and modify data from any UML based design and modelling tool or an Mof compliant repository if they support the XMI standard.
The adoption of XMI is currently being voted on by the OMG?s technical committee, and the organisation expects its board to adopt it by mid March at the latest.
Richard Soley, the OMG?s chairman and president, said: "We?ve not adopted it yet, but it?s only weeks away, and the final board votes are expected by the end of February. Over one third of the votes are in already, and so far we?ve not had one no."
Vendors such as IBM and Unisys also plan to come up with reference implementations of the specification so third parties can ensure their products support the standard as soon as possible.
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