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| Gov't Urges Firms to Devise XML Data Broadcasting Format
March 17, 1999 (TOKYO) -- The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
requested the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)
to draw up a standard format based on extensible mark-up language (XML)
for digital data satellite broadcasting, according to ARIB officials.
|XML is a data format for structured document interchange on the Web.
In response to the ministry's request, ARIB set up a working team March
10 at the Satellite and Terrestrial Common Technology Committee of the
Satellite Digital System Development Council to design the standard
At the initial meeting, a goal was set to work out the format before
the end of 2000, when a Broadcasting Satellite digital broadcasting
service is to be launched, a participant at the meeting said.
Japan has been pushing forward with the development of a data broadcasting
format based on Multimedia and Hypermedia Expert Group (MHEG)-5.
However, an ad-hoc subcommittee at the Digital Broadcasting System Committee
of the Telecommunications Technology Council concluded Jan. 29 that
it is necessary to develop the XML-based format.
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