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| XML May be Standard Satellite Data Broadcasting Format
February 4 1999 (TOKYO) -- The extensible markup language (XML) will
be adopted as a standard data broadcasting format for satellite digital
|The unofficial decision came on Jan. 29 at a meeting of an ad hoc committee
of Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
The ad hoc committee was set up late in 1998 to determine a mode for
data broadcasting at a digital broadcasting system committee of the
ministry's Telecommunications Technology Council.
The committee will adopt XML as "the most desirable standard format."
However, it will also keep the MHEG-5 (Multimedia and Hypermedia Experts
Group part 5) that broadcasters have traditionally been calling for
as another standard format.
Broadcast, communications and communications industry pundits have been
actively debating the data format for BS satellite digital broadcasting.
While broadcasters recommended MHEG-5, the other two industries supported
HTML, which includes XML.
The committee is expected to make a final decision on behalf of the Telecommunications Technology Council in the middle of March. The final
decision was originally expected to be made at the committee's meeting
on Jan. 22. The committee reconvened on Jan. 29 for further deliberations.
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