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The W3C Issues ‘Namespaces in XML’ as Recommendation

The W3C has released the “Namespaces in XML” specification as a W3C Recommendation. Teaming up with W3C’s Extensible Markup Language (XML) Recommendation, this new specification allows authors to mix two or more XML-based languages in one document without conflict or ambiguity, thus promoting the modular development and reuse of XML languages and applications. The “Namespaces in XML” specification resolves potential name clashes by using the Web addressing infrastructure. Each element name in a document may be prefixed with a unique address, thus precisely qualifying the name. The modularity and simplicity of XML technology combined with namespaces paves the way for future developments, such as the work in progress in W3C’s XML Schema Working Group, and data exchange based on W3C’s Resource Description Framework (RDF) architecture. The “Namespaces in XML” specification was created and developed by the W3C XML Working Group, which includes key industry players such as Adobe, ArborText, DataChannel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Inso, Isogen, Microsoft, NCSA, Netscape, Oracle, SoftQuad, Sun Microsystems, Texcel, Vignette, and Fuji Xerox; as well as experts in structured documents and electronic publishing. www.w3c.org.

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MIT & Akamai Plan A Faster Way To Distribute Content Over The Web

MIT and Akamai Technologies Inc., announced a plan to deploy the “world’s largest fault-tolerant network for distributing Web content.” The new company Akamai has more than $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists and private investors. The company’s first service offering, called “FreeFlow,” uses a new technology to shift the burdensome aspects of Web-based content distribution from a content provider’s server or servers to Akamai’s global network of host servers. FreeFlow is currently in beta in partnership with “some of the largest sites on the Internet,” which were not named. But officials said the beta testers include “five of the world’s most-visited Web sites. FreeFlow is designed to work with any Web server or site design, including database-driven and e-commerce applications. www.akamai.com.

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Inso Acquires AIS Software S.A. from Berger-Levrault

Inso announced it has purchased the French organization AIS Software, the developer of Balise, the SGML and XML transformation tool and scripting language, and Prism, a web-based XML and SGML publishing system. Inso paid about $3 million in cash for AIS. Inso gets an experienced development team with the products, and access to AIS’s customer base, which is especially extensive in France. www.inso.com, www.balise.com.

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Texcel International Announces New Release of Information Manager Web Application

Texcel International today announced the availability of the latest release of the Texcel Information Manager (IM) Web Application. The IM Web Application allows widely distributed groups of authors, reviewers and other knowledge workers to fully collaborate in the information lifecycle by enabling them to access and manipulate the contents of remote document repositories over the World Wide Web. This latest release of Information Manager’s Web-based client offers new capabilities, including the ability to check documents and other content in and out of a repository, and to author and update information from a remote site using the Web. Content can be created or edited using any tool available to the remote contributor. Check-in/check-out and remote editing extend the IM Web Application’s capabilities beyond the set of functions provided in the previous version released in September 1998. www.texcel.no.

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Broadvision Ships New One-To-One Applications

BroadVision, Inc. announced the immediate availability of two new versions of BroadVision One-To-One applications, One-To-One Commerce Version 4 and One-To-One Financial Version 4, and a new Web publishing tool, BroadVision One-To-One Publishing Center. All products shipped on December 31, 1998. www.broadvision.com

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Fuji Xerox to Distribute INSCI Products in Singapore

INSCI Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Fuji Xerox Singapore to market and sell INSCI software products and services throughout Singapore. This agreement is an extension of the original agreement between INSCI and Fuji Xerox, in which Fuji Xerox acts as a reseller of INSCI software products in several other Asian countries. According to the announcement by INSCI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer E. Ted Prince, Ph.D., Fuji Xerox will focus its sales and marketing efforts on customers who need to view production print documents online and on Internet Web sites, which is becoming a rapidly increasing customer requirement. http://www.insci.com.

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Cascade Systems Names Robert Angelo President & CEO

Cascade Systems, Inc. announced that Robert Angelo is appointed as President and CEO effective January 1st, 1999. Prior to Cascade, Angelo was Founder, CEO and Chairman of SystemSoft Corp.Previously Angelo was at Phoenix Technologies and Cullinet Software. Malcolm McGrory, who was CEO will become Vice-Chairman and Executive VP. www.cascadenet.com

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Object Design Names Justin Perreault President & CEO

Object Design, Inc. announced that Justin J. Perreault has been named the company’s new president and chief executive officer. Perreault, who had previously been the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, succeeds Robert N. Goldman, who will continue to serve as the company’s chairman of the board. Perreault joined Object Design as executive vice president and chief operating officer in November 1995. Prior to that time, he was a vice president with Harvard Management Company, where he made a number of venture investments in successful technology companies, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. www.objectdesign.com

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Poet Appoints Senior VP of Sales & Business Development

POET Software announced Dana Gauthier has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales/Business Development. Mr. Gauthier was most recently Senior Director of Sales with Hewlett-Packard’s Electronic Commerce Division. Mr. Gauthier is responsible for worldwide Sales, Consulting, Pre-Sales and Technical Support for all product lines. He will define sales plan/strategy, develop/manage the direct/channel sales/pre-sales organization, direct customer support center and develop a broad consulting business. www.poet.com.

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Blue Angel Technologies Announces New XMLTool

Blue Angel Technologies Tuesday announced MetaDoor InterChange, an XML authoring tool that generates XML from desktop applications like Microsoft Word and Excel. MetaDoor InterChange separates the data entry process from the record structure so that data entry forms can hide XML from users. MetaDoor InterChange is the latest addition to Blue Angel’s suite of XML enabled software solutions. MetaDoor InterChange will be available January 15, 1999 and is priced at $49 per seat. www.blueangeltech.com.

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