IBM And Attachmate Propose Open Standard For Web-To-Host Access

Proposal to be submitted to the IETF

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., & BELLEVUE, Wash - 25 Aug 1998: -- IBM and Attachmate Corp. today announced that they have developed an industry standard definition for accessing host data via the Internet. The standard defines a way for developers to write Web-to-host applications using any vendors' products.

The proposed Open Host Interface Objects standard, referred to as the OHIO Project, is a set of object classes that enables a new programming interface for solutions based on TN3270 and TN5250 protocols. The definition, which would provide an open standard for developing host access applications, is being submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force.

A standard definition for developing application programming interfaces is needed to provide consistency across the computing industry so that developers can use one API that would be compatible with any implementation.

"IBM is strongly committed to an open standard rather than a proprietary solution," said Carl Kessler, vice president of development, IBM eNetwork Software. "This pioneering work extends the standards definitions already used in IBM eNetwork Software products such as Personal Communications and Host On-Demand."

The OHIO Project enhances accessibility to applications and data using Internet protocols and standards. Applications that would benefit from a standard API include specialized graphical user interfaces, solutions that integrate TN3270 and TN5250 host data with other data, and line of business applications that rely on backend data.

"Corporate information systems are undergoing a major transformation as businesses seek new opportunities to extend vital information access to remote employees, partners, and customers," said Dean Kimball, chief technology officer and senior vice president for Attachmate. "Interface standards like OHIO are key to the success of this evolution. Attachmate is absolutely committed to open computing and will continue to seek out opportunities to develop these standards for the benefit of our customers."

IBM and Attachmate will submit the proposed standard definition at this week's meeting of the IETF TN3270/TN5250 Working Group. More information about the IETF and its proceedings is available at

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