The impact of next generation XML
Over the past few years, business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce has grown exponentially. To conduct B2B e-commerce, companies need a common language. HTML is not suited for this task, because it defines only the information's format instead of its meaning. XML has been shown to not only be the most natural evolution of Web technologies to support modern applications such as e-commerce, but also be the preferred means of making legacy data available to users via the Internet. Since XML is still in its infancy, early versions of XML do not include the fundamental feature of specifying and enforcing integrity constraints, which is critical to making XML a viable and long-term approach for representing data over the Web. In other words, XML provides little support to make sure the data being represented satisfy the business rules specified. Reviews the trends in B2B e-commerce and discusses the critical needs to support constraints and the integrity of data, which are very important to the success of B2B e-commerce. Also presents the next generation of XML technology for representing constraints. Concludes with a summary of the impact of the new XML on B2B e-commerce and its future challenges.