The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released two specifications, XSL Transformations (XSLT) and XML Path Language (XPath), as W3C Recommendations. These new specifications represent cross-industry and expert community agreement on technologies that will enable the transformation and styled presentation of XML documents. A W3C Recommendation indicates that a specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, and has been reviewed by the W3C membership, who favor its adoption by the industry. As more content publishers and commercial interests deliver rich data in XML, the need for presentation technology increases in both scale and functionality. XSL meets the more complex, structural formatting demands that XML document authors have. XSLT makes it possible for one XML document to be transformed into another according to an XSL Style sheet. As part of the document transformation, XSLT uses XPath to address parts of an XML document that an author wishes to transform. XPath is also used by another XML technology, XPointer, to specify locations in an XML document. Together, XSLT and XPath make it possible for XML documents to be reformatted according to the parameters of XSL style sheets and increase presentation flexibility into the XML architecture. The XSLT Recommendation was written and developed by the XSL Working Group, which includes key industry players such as Adobe Systems, Arbortext, Bell Labs, Bitstream, Datalogics, Enigma, IBM, Interleaf, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, O’Reilly & Associates, RivCom, SoftQuad Inc, Software AG, and Sun Microsystems. Notable contributions also came from the University of Edinburgh and a range of invited experts. The XPath Recommendation pooled together efforts from both the XSL Working Group and the XML Linking Working Group, whose membership includes CommerceOne, CWI, DATAFUSION, Fujitsu, GMD, IBM, Immediate Digital, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Textuality, and the University of Southampton. www.w3.org
Artesia Technologies, Inc. announced that it’s TEAMS 3.0 Digital Asset Management solution supports a full-scale implementation on the Oracle8i database with Oracle interMedia. This integration of TEAMS 3.0 and Oracle8i provides an enterprise-class and infinitely scalable framework that enables the delivery of multi-media and streaming video content directly from the Oracle Internet Platform.
The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) launched the Collaborative Services initiative that expands the association’s reach to XML and Internet technology development. Embracing an innovative dynamic that is continually evolving, DISA is working on developing XML specifications with a wide array of organizations, including OpenTravel Alliance (OTA), Interactive Financial Exchange (IFX) Forum, and Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s (MBA) Mortgage Industry Data Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) initiatives. Other DISA partnerships, such as BizTalk, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, are also crafting XML and Internet-related technologies. DISA offers today’s organization a constellation of separate services that together provide a comprehensive package for every e-business initiative, including XML and Internet technologies. Favored for its professionalism and international recognition, DISA covers everything from managing membership administration to providing information technology services. www.disa.org
UWI.Com announced the forthcoming release of InternetForms Management Server, a production, distribution, and management center for InternetForms deployments. Management Server reduces lifecycle costs and expands market reach for InternetForms-based e-commerce and e-business applications. It automatically deploys, installs, updates, and maintains InternetForms application components, related data files, documents, and software packages securely throughout the enterprise, across the intranet, extranet, or Internet, and to nomadic users anywhere. An addition to the company’s InternetForms Commerce System, Management Server is slated for release in December. Management Server is a key component for robust web applications utilizing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI); applications with remote, nomadic users; and those with large-scale rollouts and an increasing user base that will escalate demands on IT resources. It allows organizations to automate and streamline InternetForms deployments to browsers anywhere on the Internet without requiring intervention from end users. www.uwi.com
Marimba, Inc. and ebaseOne Corporation announced that ebaseOne will host Marimba’s new DocService product for a low, flat monthly fee. DocService is the second in a series of applications to be hosted as an ebaseOne OneServ application. DocService delivers virtually any type of document, including simple text files as well as complex HTML documents that include links and sub-documents aggregated as a single logical document. Current document delivery mechanisms, such as e-mail, Web servers, document management solutions, or hard copy, each have advantages in specific situations, but they typically lack DocService’s ability to automate the entire delivery and update process. With DocService, if a document publisher makes a change, that change can immediately be reflected back through the enterprise, ensuring that everyone is always working from the latest document version. DocService is available from ebaseOne, as a stand-alone service delivered over the Internet or as a companion product to other OneServ offerings, for only $15 per month. www.ebaseone.com, www.marimba.com
Ricoh Silicon Valley, Inc. unveiled the eCabinet, an information management solution targeted to solve the daily document management needs of small businesses and corporate department workgroups. Ricoh’s eCabinet is an affordable, centralized product for automatically capturing, filing and retrieving documents from virtually any source — such as e-mails, faxes, Web-content, photocopies, scans and PC documents. This new product combines the strength of office networks, the Internet and advanced thin-server technology to create an integrated system that allows workgroups to easily manage both electronic and paper documents. www.ricoh.com