Table: Differing Digital Dialects

XML will eventually replace HTML as the lingua franca of the Net. But first, industries that use the language must agree on the different dialects. Here are the organizations trying to set standards:

W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium first developed XML and wants to be the arbiter of XML standards across all industries

OASIS

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards is creating XML standards for e-business

ROSETTANET

Wants to define how consumer-electronics companies and the electronic industry's other high-tech players use XML

BIZTALK.ORG

A Microsoft-led effort to standardize XML in the software and e-business arena

ISO

The U.N's International Standards Organization seeks a unified, global approach to using XML in manufacturing and design systems

VOICEXML FORUM

IBM, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, AT&T Labs, and others are hashing out XML standards for wireless communication

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