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Volume 18, Issue 9 October 2001
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Scholarly Digital Editions Announces XML Publication System

Scholarly Digital Editions, a Leicester, U.K.-based company specializing in complex high-end XML-based publication and development, has announced the first commercial release of Anastasia, a new XML publication system for CD-ROM and the Internet. Anastasia (Analytical System Tools and SGML/XML Integration Applications) has been designed for handling large and highly complex XML documents and document sets, in which extremely precise control is required for their presentation. It can create output in any format, and is optimized for HTML output directly to Web browsers.

In addition, Anastasia works on a document model that sees text not only as hierarchically organized, but also as a stream. It's therefore able to achieve arbitrary document chunking, starting from any point of any document and carrying on to any other point with full understanding of all XML encountered. This permits the creation of effects such as "keyword in context" search hit displays or search hit highlighting in full text.

Anastasia lets users publish documents in identical form on both CD-ROM (Macintosh and Windows) and on the Internet from identical scripts. It includes support for all valid XML and SGML documents, and has a fully XML-aware search engine. Anastasia can cope with documents in excess of two gigabytes and utilizes pre-built indexes for speed. It has been used to publish the Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile on CD-ROM (http://www.sd-editions.com). Other publications under development with Anastasia include the Greek New Testament, the Parliamentary Rolls of Medieval England, and the Variorum edition of Pound's Cantos. A working Internet version can be seen at http://malle.cta.dmu.ac.uk.

According to the announcement, Anastasia's ease of use makes it suitable for small publishers with comparatively fewer computer resources, while its power is beneficial for large publishing enterprises. An evaluation version (limited to documents of less than 2,000 Anastasia elements, or about 1 megabyte) can be downloaded at http://www.sd-editions.com/anastasia. The full publication system is available for Windows and Macintosh systems for prices ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 (U.S.) depending on configuration. An academic site license is available for $1,000.

Source: Scholarly Digital Editions, Leicester, U.K., 011-44-1162214160; http://www.sd-editions.com.

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