IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-072
March 27, 2001

IBM XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 Supports e-business Open Standards

 ENUS201-072.PDF (30KB)

At a Glance

Version 1 Release 2 now supports z/OS, complementing the open standards of XML and easing interoperability.

The XML parsers are based on cross-platform, open-source code that is compliant with industry standards. This release corresponds to the Apache Software Foundation's Xerces-J 1.2.0 and Xerces-C 1.3.0.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 offers the following benefits:

  • Reduces development time by providing tested, supported function
  • Promotes code re-use
  • Supports ASCII, EBCDIC, and Unicode data

This release also contains:

  • Public and stable support of the DOM Level 1 and SAX Level 1 specifications
  • New and experimental support for the DOM Level 2 and SAX Level 2 specifications
  • Experimental support in the XML Parser, Java™ Edition for the partial April 7 W3C Schema specification

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).


eXtensible Markup Language (XML) provides an open, flexible, and powerful method of exchanging information:

  • Among diverse platforms and applications
  • Across geographic boundaries
  • Between businesses

Together with WebSphere™ Application Server for OS/390®, IBM Developer Kit for OS/390, and MQSeries® Family of offerings on OS/390, XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 provides the end-to-end solution infrastructure components to assist you in creating, integrating, and maintaining your business-to-business (B2B) solutions.

XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 has improved XML parsing capabilities. The parsers include software developed by the Apache Software Foundation

For additional information on XML Toolkit V1R1 for OS/390, refer to Software Announcement 200-144 , dated May 16, 2000.

Key Prerequisites

  • Hardware: IBM e(logo)server zSeries server or S/390® hardware
  • Software: z/OS V1R1; OS/390 V2R6, or later

Planned Availability Date

March 30, 2001


The XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 improves the speed of deployment and helps reduce the complexities of information exchange within business integration. It provides the base infrastructure to integrate vertical/industry-specific data formats, structures, schemas, and metadata to ensure industry compliance of data representation and content. It also helps to provide the lowest total cost of ownership by capitalizing on the existing S/390 infrastructure.

XML can also facilitate information exchange after mergers and acquisitions. Most companies decide to merge or dissolve a merger based on two factors: culture and information exchange. Companies who embrace XML will be better suited to integrate their information. This will help determine if the acquisition can be integrated and streamlined into the acquirer's environment, producing a quicker and stronger synergy of business processes within both companies' value network.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 is compatible with IBM and non-IBM hardware and software platforms. Key uses include:

  • Categorizing and tagging data for exchange among disparate application environments
  • Providing extensibility to create new records with additional attributes, without disrupting any of the other records
  • Transforming "ad hoc" unstructured data to XML records; enabling you to search, cross-reference, and share your records

What's New in Version 1 Release 2

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 provides support for the new IBM e(logo)server zSeries 900 (z900).

This release contains public and stable support of the DOM Level 1 and the SAX Level 1 specifications. It also contains new and experimental support of the DOM Level 2 and SAX Level 2 specifications. The XML Parser, Java Edition also contains experimental support for the partial April 7 W3C Schema specification.

Note: Experimental APIs are provided for use at your own risk and are not eligible for IBM Service. They are also subject to change.

Euro Currency

This program is EuroReady.

For more information on the implications of the euro, visit the IBM euro Web site at:

EuroReady Products

IBM considers an IBM product to be EuroReady if the product, when used in accordance with its associated documentation, is capable of correctly processing monetary data in the euro denomination and of respecting the euro currency formatting conventions (including the euro sign). This assumes that all other products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) that are used with this product are also EuroReady. IBM hardware products that are EuroReady may or may not have an engraved euro sign key on their keyboards.

Currently, EuroReady status applies primarily to IBM products specific to the EMU countries. Products that are not specific to these countries are deemed to be "not ready" for euro unless otherwise stated in the product's country-specific specifications.

IBM Hardware Ready

IBM supplies certain IBM products which include third party software (pre-loaded or not) and/or third party attached hardware. In these instances IBM is not in a position to assert that these third party products are, in themselves, EuroReady.

Therefore, such IBM products will be designated as hardware ready.

EuroReady Solutions

IBM considers a solution to be EuroReady when the solution providers have:

  • Analyzed the euro requirements, including the need to comply with relevant EC rules
  • Built in appropriate function

and can clearly demonstrate this by:

  • Detailing euro related requirements
  • Describing how these will be implemented in the solution
  • Declaring when the implementation will be generally available

The euro capabilities of a EuroReady solution will be clearly identified as features of the Solution specification as described in the contracts document.

Product Positioning

The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 fits within an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) family of IBM transformation and integration products. XML provides unrestricted information schema and data format structures to create reusable data in a common metalanguage, for all types of business-to-business applications.

Refer to Software Announcement 200-144 , dated May 16, 2000, for additional product positioning.

Reference Information

  • Software Announcement 200-144 , dated May 16, 2000, entitled XML Toolkit for OS/390 Simplifies e-business Development


zSeries, the e-business logo and WebSphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390, MQSeries, and S/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information will be available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:


No publications are shipped with this program.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

The hardware requirements for this product are any hardware that supports the z/OS operating system Version 1 Release 1 or OS/390® operating system Version 2 Release 6, or later.

Software Requirements

The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 requires the z/OS operating system Version 1 Release 1, or the OS/390 operating system Version 2 Release 6, or later. In addition, z/OS UNIX® or OS/390 UNIX System Services must be active.

The XML Parser for z/OS and OS/390, Java™ Edition requires that Java 1.1.8 (5655-A46) with APAR OW47220, or higher release be installed.

Limitations: For important information about interoperability and supported environments, refer to the XML Toolkit Web site at:

Planning Information

Packaging: The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 will be available via download from the Internet and in tape form from IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF).

Programs ordered via SDF are distributed with the following content:

  • Basic machine-readable material on the customer-selected distribution medium (either 3480 tape cartridge or 4-mm DAT cartridge)
  • Program Directory
  • Proof of Entitlement (PoE)
  • IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA)
  • Licensed Program Specifications
  • Memo to Licensees

Security, Auditability, and Control

XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system. For more information refer to:

  • Software Announcement 201-044 , dated February 27, 2001
  • Software Announcement 200-145 , dated May 16, 2000

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

The XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 is a no-charge (NC) product, which can be ordered March 30, 2001. New users should specify:

          Type           Model
          5655           D44

For information on downloading the code from the Internet (available March 30, 2001), visit our Web site at:

This is a NC product.

Basic Machine-Readable Material: To order, specify program number 5655-D44, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and feature number 0001.

Also, specify the feature number corresponding to the operating environment and desired distribution medium.

                     Program            Feature         Distribution
Description          Number             Number          Medium
XML Toolkit          5655-D44           5802            3480 Tape
 for z/OS                                                Cartridge
 and OS/390                             6088            4-mm DAT

Both the tape and the downloadable code for XML Toolkit V1R2 for z/OS and OS/390 will be available March 30, 2001.

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

Description                                         Number
Initial Shipments
Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment             3444
 of media and documentation)
Ship Media Only (suppresses initial                 3470
 shipment of documentation)
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3471
 initial shipment of media)
Update Shipments
Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses                 3480
 update shipment of documentation)
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3481
 update shipment of media)
Suppress Updates (suppresses update                 3482
 shipment of media and documentation)
Expedite Shipments
Local IBM Office Expedite                           3445
 (for IBM use only)
Customer Expedite Process Charge                    3446
 ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

Customized Offerings

Most product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (that is, CBPDO, ServerPac, Systempac®). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM IPLA. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services

Available until: September 30, 2002

Money-Back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: No

Usage Restriction: Yes

Third-Party Code: The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 contains certain third-party code which is provided to you under terms and conditions which are different from the Agreement, or which required IBM to provide you with certain notices and/or information. IBM WILL IDENTIFY ANY SUCH THIRD-PARTY CODE IN THE "README" FILE ASSOCIATED WITH THE XML TOOLKIT, OR IN A FILE OR FILES REFERENCED IN THE XML TOOLKIT "README" FILE AND SHALL INCLUDE ANY ASSOCIATED TERMS AND CONDITIONS, NOTICES, OR OTHER RELATED INFORMATION THEREIN. By using or not uninstalling the XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 after the initial installation (thereby giving you access to all such terms and conditions, notices, and information), you acknowledge and agree to all such terms and conditions, notices, and information, including those provided only in the English language.

The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 includes software developed by The Apache Software Foundation

The portions of the XML Toolkit which are based on software developed by the Apache Software Foundation and the source code are Copyright © 1995-1999 The Apache Group. All rights reserved. Your use of the source code for the XML Toolkit accompanying the Program is subject to the terms and conditions of the license from the Apache Software Foundation, which is reproduced or referenced in the "ReadMe" file and not the Agreement. In particular, IBM is providing the source code on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED) INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. You may not disclose the results of any benchmark test of the XML Toolkit to any third party without IBM's prior written approval.

Support Line: Yes

AIX®/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.


The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390
Description                       Number                    OTC
XML Toolkit for                   5655-D44                  NC
 z/OS and OS/390


Contact your sales channel for Support Line pricing information.

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

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 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
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You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


zSeries and the e-business logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390, Systempac, AIX, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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