IBM is building an extender for its DB2 database to handle Extensible Markup Language (XML) data, which should provide users with better text searching capabilities.
Big Blue also plans to release an XML parser, written in Java, that includes classes and methods to enable users to parse, generate and manipulate XML documents. XML is used mainly in the Internet space, and if XML tags are added to data, the data becomes an object that any XML-compatible search engine or application can recognise.
Last week, Microsoft, ArborText, DataChannel and Inso submitted an XML specification to the World Wide Web Consortium for describing a database schema.
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