AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management International), the US-based document and content management industry association, has announced an XML initiative that could standardise the exchange of image documents.
The new project will focus on the ways in which image documents (and the underlying metadata associated with them) are shared, stored, retrieved and distributed. Specifically, AIIM hopes to obviate the need to convert image formats from other nonstandard formats. Currently, XML does not support binary data formats such as image files.
The AIIM has already formed a taskforce of industry experts and software vendors, and the group plans to work closely with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) - the organisation primarily charged with developing XML standards.