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Sales of XML tools to boom

Sales of XML development tools will hit US$ 395 million worldwide by 2006, predicts IDC. The analyst house says that this figure will be reached because XML has become the de facto standard for integration.

Sales of XML development tools will hit US$ 395 million worldwide by 2006, predicts IDC. The analyst house says that this figure will be reached because XML has become the de facto standard for integration.

The analyst house says that the demand for XML tools from both users and developers to create XML documents will cause sales of development tools to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) pf 41.5%.

“XML has become mainstream, and the strong demand for XML development tools presents an opportunity for vendors,” says Susan Funke, research manager for IDC’s Java and XML for e-business service.

“The demand for utilising existing content and the creation of new content on the Web is driving the need for authoring tools that can address personalisation, content delivery channels, and management of vast quantities of content,” she adds.

The research firms says that the next generation of authoring tools will be more popular among business users, as the have been designed to hide the complexity of XML tags. They instead use intuitive interfaces and word processing functions to reduce the learning curve and thereby make it easier to create content more quickly.

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