|SoftQuad Software, Ltd. has announced the release
of XMetaL 3, a major upgrade to its XML content-creation software. According
to the company, this new version features innovative ease-of-use and collaboration
capabilities for content authors. It also offers developers the first XML
editor with a rich development environment that supports XML Schema, a
standard created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to define common
languages for business applications. XML Schema enablescompanies to exchange
information seamlessly with partners, customers, and suppliers. XMetaL
3 simplifies the creation of reusable business content, making it possible
for businesses to rapidly streamline the process of distributing information
to the Web, print, and other media.
XMetaL 3 includes the following new features and
capabilities that allow customers to deploy solutions that hide the complexity
of XML from users during the content-creation process:
XMetaL 3 is a validating XML editor within an open
and scriptable development environment that allows developers to use common
Web development and programming skills to create integrated XML content
applications. With an extensive COM and Java API comprising over 300 interfaces
and support for DOM, CSS, XSL, and standard scripting languages, XMetaL
allows developers to control exactly how XML is displayed and entered by
end-users. XMetaL 3's new developer features include the following:
Revision Marking—This enables groups of authors and
editors to collaborate on documents and track changes, speeding the creation
and approval of XML content.
Preview in HTML and Adobe PDF—Users can preview documents
before publishing or save them in these formats for distribution and review.
Enhanced integration with Microsoft Office—Legacy
content can now be transformed from Word, Excel, and other formats to XML
Work group document sharing—Support for the WebDAV
standard provides a lightweight approach to work group document sharing.
Enterprise document sharing—Modules that were introduced
with XMetaL 2.1 and that offer seamless integration with Documentum, Interwoven,
and other leading content management systems are available for XMetaL 3.
According to the announcement, over 2,000 companies,
including Microsoft, Cisco, USATODAY.com, KBC Bank, Honeywell, Continental
Airlines, Ford Europe, GE Medical Systems, Amazon.com, and National Semiconductor,
have chosen XMetaL for XML content creation.
XMetaL Forms Toolkit—This is an integrated drag-and-drop
development environment for creating in-line forms and dialog boxes in
order to capture end-user input. Radio buttons, check boxes, fields, and
more can be mapped to XML elements,bound to back-end databases, or used
to run scripts.
Java API—XMetaL's extensive API allows organizations
that have standardized on Java to access XMetaL directly without using
a COM wrapper.
Support for both XML Schema and DTDs—Content solutions
can be developed using either XML Schema or DTDs, or can be migrated from
DTDs to Schema without interrupting business logic, data integrity, or
Source: SoftQuad Software, Ltd., Toronto, 416/544-9000;