The Internet's standard's body, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), has approved the specification for XHTML 1.0 - bringing together many disparate XML languages with HTML4.
The new language combines HTML page elements (such as paragraphs, links and tables) with XML's more flexible approach to data. Included in the specification are XML languages with specific purposes - including SMIL for synchronized multimedia, MathML for mathematical expressions and RDF for metadata control.
The approval of these standards should hurry along integration of a fixed form of XML into browsers. Internet Explorer has limited support for XML and Navigator currently has none. It should also be easier to create media for other Internet devices, such as handhelds and appliances, through the use of a single standard.
Few products currently exist for the creation of XHTML, but the way forward is being set by applications like Mozquito Factory by Stack Overflow. Support for XHTML creation is expected to appear in major packages by the end of the year.