The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Monday released its specification for the Extensible Markup Language (XML), version 1.0, for review and voting by W3C members. The W3C now feels that XML is stable and mature enough for adoption industry-wide. A final release of the XML 1.0 spec should be ready within six weeks.

XML, like HTML, the code used to create Web pages, is a markup language that is designed to make Web publishing and content management easier on developers. Microsoft used XML as the basis for its Channel Definition Format (CDF) language, which is used to describe Channels for Internet Explorer 4.0 browsers