When XQuery is approved, vendors that adhere to the standard will enable their products to work with related products from any software developer. A common standard will also enable products to fully take advantage of the benefits of XML, which tag information on the Web and in software applications in a particularly descriptive manner so that information can be exchanged in a much more accurate and flexible way.

Because growing amounts of business information now reside on XML-based public and private Web sites, and because XML is a becoming a de facto standard for information exchange, businesses are now trying to place XML-based information in relational databases and make information available in XML form. Putting them in databases, instead of simple file systems, enables businesses to much more efficiently retrieve and analyze greater amounts of more meaningful information that can help them run their company or gain a competitive edge.

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