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
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.
XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 is designed to offer the following benefits:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
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.
Planned Availability Date
August 16, 2002
For more information on Internet downloads, visit the XML site at:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Product information is through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
Specified Operating Environment
The hardware requirements for this product are any IBM 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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
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.
Third Party Code
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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.
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
Contact your sales channel for Support Line pricing information.
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.