W3C Close In on Key XML Specs
The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) had a landmark day for XML development, recommending XSLT 2.0 and XML XQuery 1.0 as standards for transforming and querying XML.
Such specs are considered to be crucial for accelerating the adoption of distributed computing models, such as Web services and service-oriented architectures (SOA) (define).
But more important is the work XSLT 2.0 and XML Query 1.0 enable together: triggering database integration.
Connections between applications, databases, operating systems, Web services and Web servers have traditionally used middleware to convert data between the formats used by various applications. XSLT 2.0 and XML XQuery 1.0 will make those conversions, enabling users to focus on more important business logic.