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Reuters, WAVO Release NewsML Toolkit

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Reuters, WAVO Release NewsML Toolkit

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Reuters, the global information, news, and technology group, and WAVO, a news-software developer, have joined forces to launch the NewsML Toolkit, an interface that facilitates the implementation of the newly ratified NewsML standard. Developed by Reuters and WAVO with the assistance of XML expert David Megginson, the NewsML Toolkit offers developers with no prior XML knowledge a fast and simple way to analyze and filter multimedia NewsML items using regular Java, according to the announcement.

The NewsML Toolkit is being released as open source software under version 2.1 of the GNU Lesser General Public License and can be incorporated into commercial software packages royalty-free, with the stipulation that any modification or improvements are released back to the public.

NewsML is the new industry standard for delivering multimedia news. Reuters conceived the idea for NewsML in 1999 and donated it to the news industry for further development. The International Press and Telecommunications Council (IPTC) ratified it last October. NewsML provides a common framework to publish news in any format. It can be used by news providers to combine their pictures, video, text, graphics, and audio files into news output available on Web sites, mobile phones, high-end desktops, interactive televisions, and other devices. …

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