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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 broadcasting.
    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.

    (Nikkei Electronics)

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