Web Development Briefs: XML, Melbourne IT & ABNs, Macromedia

XML Schema approved

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has issued a specification called XML Schema as a candidate recommendation, meaning the proposed standard is considered stable enough for widespread use.

The recommendation encourages the Web development community to make implementations of XML Schema and provide technical feedback to the W3C.

XML Schemas provide a means for defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents. Dave Hollander, co-chair of the W3C XML Schema Working Group, considers the move a big plus for business-to-business e-commerce applications as it provides a way to automatically validate XML information.

ABNs for domain names

Domain name registrar Melbourne IT has announced it will now accept an Australian Business Number (ABN) as a criteria to secure a domain name.

Melbourne IT is the sole registry for the domain name, and is banking on the simplification of domain name registration to attract new customers from the large pool of small-to-medium enterprises that were required to apply for an ABN to comply with the GST.

Melbourne IT CEO Adrian Kloeden said the simpler registration criteria should encourage millions of small businesses to secure an online identity.

"The introduction of the GST and the ABN earlier this year has brought about dramatic changes in the Australian business landscape," he said. "This provided us with a secure but significantly streamlined way of opening up the eligibility process to many different types of trading entities, including freelance consultants, contractors and tradespeople."

Macromedia announces new developer productMacromedia has announced the release of Flash 5 Generator Studio, an application for designing and automating high-impact Web sites.

The company claims the Generator Studio product automates production tasks and enables Web developers to be more efficient and profitable.

The design package includes drag-and-drop objects for the placing of predefined objects such as charts, scrolling, tickers and tables, and links them to data sources.

Macromedia has also announced the availability of over a dozen free extensions for the Dreamweaver development community that integrate content between the Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks Web design products. These are available for download at