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   US Patent 6,687,897

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Systems, methods and data structures for encompassing scripts written  
in  one or more scripting languages in a single file. The scripts of a  
computer system are organized into a single file using Extensible  
Language  Markup (XML). Each script is delimited by a file element and  
the script's  instructions are delimited by a code element within each  
file element.  Other information, such as a name of the script and a  
functional  description of the script may also be included in the file  
using other XML  elements to delimit that information. The language in  
which a particular  script is written is also included within the XML  
format. When a  particular script is executed, the file is parsed to  
create a list of the  script names or of the functional descriptions of  
the scripts. One or more  scripts are selected and the code for those  
scripts is extracted from the  file and executed by the appropriate  
scripting process. The scripting  process that executes a particular  
script is identified from the scripting  extension attribute that is  
included in the XML format of the file."

At very first glance, it appears to be another case of "wrapping common  
practice in XML tags makes it patentable".  Of course, there could be  
subtleties here that are more innovative than are apparent at first  
glance, but needless to say it's hard to have any faith that the USPTO  
would be able to tell the difference.


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