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Web standard spat heads for showdown

An industry split over a key Web services specification could come to a head next month, when companies backing the proposal meet to hammer out details. Representatives from technology giants such as IBM, Microsoft and SAP are slated to meet by teleconference on May 16 to better define the technical details surrounding the Business Process Execution Language for Web Services, or BPEL. The language is one of several proposals, based on Web services, intended to help automate how complex business software works between and within companies. The BPEL technical committee will meet amid lingering concerns that differences between BPEL backers and a rival group led by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) could fragment the process of setting Web services standards. Key Web services standards already in place have been made available to the industry “royalty-free.” That means no company involved in developing those standards intends to charge a fee for the use of any of its own intellectual property included as part of the published standard. Full Story

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