Macworld Expo XML News
A tour around the exhibits floor yesterday at Macworld Expo in New York produced no major XML revelations but a a few relevant news items.
A Canto press release (seemingly not yet available online) offers a bit more information about the new XML MetadataBridge for their Cumulus asset management system; this is said to be available as a free download now, but the download page is accessible to Cumulus users only, precluding further details here. According to the printed release, XML MetadataBridge enables Cumulus to export XML-tagged metadata in more flexible ways than does Canto's DIG35 MetadataBridge, which supports that one specific image metadata standard.
Elsewhere on the floor and the web, two Gluon tools for QuarkXPress offer XML export; in addition to WebXPress's capabilities of this sort, PresenterActive can wrap "image information in Customized Tags" to support subsequent import into XML-aware database systems. And the keynote address confirmed that QuarkXPress 5 will itself include some sort of built-in support for publishing (exporting?) XML documents.
Opera 5 for Mac Beta 2 was announced as well, with continued support for W3C standards including XML and WAP/WML.