IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-185
August 13, 2002

IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 Supports XML Open Standards

 ENUS202-185.PDF (31KB)


At a Glance

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 is based on cross-platform, open source code that is designed to be compliant with industry standards.

  • The parsers correspond to the Apache Software Foundation's Xerces-C 1.6.0 and Xerces2 Java Parser 2.0.1.
  • Lotus® XSL XSLT processors are a reliable and extensible high-performance engine for transforming XML documents. They are based on the Apache Software Foundation's Xalan_C 1.3 and Xalan_J 2.3.1 Processors.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 is designed to offer the following benefits:

  • May reduce development time by providing tested, supported function for generating, parsing, and transforming XML documents
  • Promotes code re-use, eliminating the need of applications imbedding their own parsers or processors
  • Supports ASCII, EBCDIC, and Unicode data

For ordering, contact:

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

Overview

IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS™ and OS/390® is designed to provide a valuable infrastructure component to assist you in creating, integrating, and maintaining your business-to-business (B2B) solutions.

What's New in V1.4

IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 provides the latest in eXtensible Markup Language (XML) parser and eXensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) processor support for both Java™ and C++.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 includes current reference release software developed by the Apache Software Foundation.

  • The parsers in this release correspond to the Apache Software Foundation's Xerces-C 1.6.0 and Xerces2 Java Parser 2.0.1. Based on cross-platform, open-source code, they are designed in compliance with industry standards.
  • The XSLT processors in this release correspond to the Apache Software Foundation's Xalan C++ V1.3 and Xalan Java V2.3.1.

Key Prerequisites

  • IBM eServer zSeries server or S/390® hardware
  • z/OS V1.1 (5694-A01), or later; OS/390 V2.8 (5647-A01), or later; or z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52), or later
  • For Java Parser and Java Processor, IBM Developer Kit for OS/390, Java 2 Technology Edition (5655-D35) at the SDK 1.3 Level with PTF UQ56153

Planned Availability Date

August 16, 2002

  • Via the IBM zSeries XML Web site
  • Physical package via Software Delivery and Fulfillment

For more information on Internet downloads, visit the XML site at:

Description

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 is designed to improve the speed of deployment and help reduce the complexities of information exchange within business integration. This software is provided, at no additional charge, to customers who have a license for OS/390 V2.8 (5647-A01), or later; z/OS V1.1 (5694-A01), or later; or z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52), or later.

It provides the base infrastructure to integrate vertical/industry-specific data formats, structures, schemas, and metadata to enable industry compliance of data representation and content. It also may help to provide the lowest total cost of ownership by capitalizing on the existing z/OS 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 may 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 designed to be 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 V1.4

While XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.4 is primarily an update of the previous toolkit, this release contains the following enhancements.

Parsers

The XML parsers for Java and C++ are based on cross-platform, open-source code that is designed to be compliant with industry standards. This release corresponds to the Apache Software Foundation's Xerces-J 2.0.1 (unmodified for z/OS and OS/390) and Xerces-C 1.6.0 (a port of the Apache code) plus ICU 2.0.2.

Within the XML C++ parser, Schema is no longer an experimental parser API. Within the Java release, a rewrite of the codebase has been done, providing a cleaner, more modular, and easier to maintain design. External APIs were not affected by this change.

Experimental parser APIs for IDOM and DOM 3 have been added. These APIs are not eligible for IBM Service.

Processors

The XSLT C++ and Java processors (Lotus XSL_C++ V1.3 and Lotus XSL_J V2.3.1) support includes the implementation of XSLT and XML Path Language (XPath). The XSLT Java processor also includes JAXP and Transformation API for XML (TRaX) support.

Planning Information

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.4 (5655-J51) replaces XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 1.3 (5655-D44).

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.3 customers can migrate to XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.4 by ordering 5655-J51 (for product package) and 5655-I30 (for service and support of XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.4).

Effective December 31, 2003, IBM is discontinuing program services for XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.3 (566-D44).

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 is capable as of August 16, 2002, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assisting technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.

Product Positioning

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 201-303 , dated October 23, 2001, for additional product positioning.

Reference Information

  • Software Announcement 201-303 , dated October 23, 2001, entitled IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1R3 Supports e-business Open Standards

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, zSeries, and z/OS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/390 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.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation and/or IBM Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information is through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No publications are shipped with this program.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

The hardware requirements for this product are any IBM eServer zSeries S/390® hardware that supports z/OS™ V1.1 (5694-A01), or later; or OS/390® V2.8 (5647-A01), or later; or z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52), or later.

Software Requirements

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 requires z/OS V1.1 (5694-A01), or later; or OS/390 V2.8 (5647-A01), or later; or z/OS.e V1.3 (5655-G52), or later. In addition, z/OS UNIX® or OS/390 UNIX System Services base elements must be active.

The Java™ XML parser and XSLT processor require that IBM Development Kit for OS/390, Java 2 Technology Edition (5655-D35), at the SDK V1.3 level with PTF UQ56153, or later be installed.

Compatibility: The XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 is based on open source software from Apache which does not provide for upward compatibility. Care must be taken when installing XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 since the parsers in this toolkit are not upward compatible with previous versions. The packaging of XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 is designed so that applications that are using either XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.3 or XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.2 will continue to run. This allows for continued use of these levels of the toolkit by applications that have written to their specific APIs.

Issues associated with upward compatibility of XML releases are a recognized topic amongst the XML open source community.

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

Planning Information

Installability: Due to general lack of upward compatibility in the Apache open source code upon which it is based, XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 cannot guarantee upward compatibility. Therefore, applications based on prior releases, in general, may need to continue to require those prior releases. In support of these releases, both the V1.3 and V1.2 product are included with XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 and will be installed, by default, along with V1.4, if not already present.

Customers who already have XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.3 or V1.2 installed can install XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 on the same system (in the same SMP/E zone).

Unique considerations apply to customers currently requiring the V1.1 XML Toolkit. Continued use of the V1.1 XML Toolkit, along with V1.2, V1.3, and V1.4, requires its installation in separate SMP/E zones, target and distribution libraries, and HFS paths from V1.2, V1.3, and V1.4 (V1.2 through V1.4 can be installed together). V1.1 XML Toolkit customers should consult the program directory for details.

Packaging: XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, in SMP/E installable format, will be available, via download, from the Internet and in tape form from IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF). It will also be available as a tar file downloadable package.

Programs ordered via SDF are distributed with the following content:

  • Physical media containing executable code
  • Program Directory (GI10-0655)
  • Proof of Entitlement
  • License Information (GA22-7472)
  • Memo to New licensees (GI100666)
  • International Program License Agreement (IPLA) Booklet for Warranted Products (Z1253301)
  • IPLA Pointer Sheet (Z1271000)

Security, Auditability, and Control

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 201-044 , dated February 27, 2001, and 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

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 is a no-charge product.

Basic Machine Readable Material: To order, specify program number 5655-J51, feature number 9001 for asset registration.

Also, specify the feature number.

                                        Medium
Order Type                 Program      Feature   Distribution
Description                Number       Number    Medium
 
XML Toolkit                5655-J51     5802      3480 Tape
 for z/OS                                          Cartridge
XML Toolkit                5655-I30     6722      Paper
 for z/OS S&S

The downloadable code for XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390, V1.4 will be available August 16, 2002. The tape will be available August 16, 2002.

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1 (5655-D44) Withdrawn

XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1 (5655-D44) is withdrawn from marketing effective August 13, 2002.

Customized Offerings

Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, 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: IPLA. Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) are required for all authorized use.

The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support for System Development Programs for OS/390 and z/OS (Z125-6704)

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until August 30, 2004

Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Usage Restriction: Yes

Third Party Code

Notwithstanding the terms and conditions of any other agreement you may have with IBM or any of its related or affiliated companies (collectively "IBM"), the following terms and conditions apply to all "Excluded Components" identified below: (a) all Excluded Components are provided on an as is basis; (b) IBM disclaims any and all express and implied warranties and conditions, including, but not limited to, the warranty of non-infringement or interference and the implied warranties and conditions of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose ; (c) IBM will not be liable to you or indemnify you for any claims related to Excluded Components; and (d) IBM will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special exemplary, punitive or consequential damages with respect to the Excluded Components.

Excluded Components:

  • LOTUSXSL-C (also known as XALAN-C)
  • LOTUSXSL-J (also known as XALAN-J)
  • XML4C, including ICU (also known as XML C++ PARSER)
  • XML4J (also known as XML JAVA PARSER)

Software Maintenance Applies: No

For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering. This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised Support Line offering, refer to our Web site at:

For additional information on the revised IBM Operational Support Services, refer to Services Announcement 601-023 , dated July 10, 2001.

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: No

AIX®/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: No

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

iSeries Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

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

Prices

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.

                                                       One-
                                        Program        Time
Description                             Number         Charge
 
XML Toolkit for                         5655-J51       $0.00
 z/OS and OS/390
XML Toolkit for                         5655-I30       $0.00
 z/OS and OS/390 S&S

Upgrades

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 to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization, or visit the Web at:

Use the "Select a Country" Menu, to find a contact in your location (or country).

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
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            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

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.

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, zSeries, iSeries, and z/OS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
S/390, OS/390, Systempac, and AIX 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 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.