A new generation of Web Authoring Tools have become available which have the
ability to build websites that can electronically integrate with other websites
over the Internet using XML mesages. For example, a company that sells widgets
internationally might want to display widget prices on their website in a foreign
currencies. Because currencies fluctuate daily, it is difficult to
provide accurate foreign currency prices without some integration.
Using a Web Publishing Tool that supports an emerging technology called XML, a corporate website can
communicate with a banking web server in real-time to obtain the required exchange rate. The website
can then apply the real-time exchange rate to compute the cost of the widget
in the foreign currency and display the widget price on the website.
XML will play a key role in helping companies that use different
technologies and different platforms to integrate electronically via the