A programming language that can vastly improve the quality of Web sites is to be considered as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The extensible mark-up language, known as XML, will be put to a vote by the members of the W3C Internet regulating committee by early next year.
XML enables the creation of far more complex and graphical Web sites than its technology cousin, HTML. The result of the votes from the 229 W3C members is expected early next year and is likely to be strongly in favour of XML being adopted as an Internet standard.
XML includes the ability to put detailed tags on Web pages to help structure large Web sites and assist intelligent agents in their Internet searches. Netscape's and Microsoft's push technology incorporated in their respective Internet browsers are both related to the XML format.
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