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Month: July 2000 (Page 2 of 8)

Microsoft Announces Public Beta of Newest XML Parser

Microsoft Corp. announced the official beta release of its newest XML parser, which is available for immediate download from the MSDN XML Developer Center ). This version of the parser, MSXML3, increases XML conformance over previous releases by achieving a pass rate of over 98 percent using the OASIS XML Conformance Test Suite. It also extends support for the Simple API for XML (SAX2) programming interface, making SAX2 accessible from the Visual Basic development system. This version of the parser marks the transition from “technology preview” to full beta, with general product availability scheduled for Web release in fall 2000. XML is a key technology of the Microsoft.Net Platform, and MSXML3 lays the groundwork for that vision by allowing developers to rapidly build and deliver XML-based Web services today. Since the last release just two months ago, when SAX2 support was added, one of the most requested features was access to SAX2 from Visual Basic. Extending access to developers using Visual Basic is a reflection of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering the features its customers demand in “Internet time.” SAX2 is designed to enable fast and efficient processing of XML by allowing programs such as the Visual C++ development system, and now Visual Basic, to read, review and process XML files without having to load the entire document into memory. Microsoft released the first version of the new XML parser in January 2000 with updated versions posting in March and May. www.microsoft.com

NetObjects & Lotus Team on Collaborative E-Business Applications

NetObjects, Inc. and Lotus Development Corp. announced a two-part agreement that will enable the rapid deployment of Web applications and e-Services. Under the first part of the agreement, Lotus will bundle NetObjects Fusion 5.0 with Domino Designer R5, an integrated development environment for building secure e-business applications. The scalable, easy-to-use and flexible drag-and-drop extensions of NetObjects Fusion 5.0 combined with the application development and delivery strengths of Domino Designer will enable enterprises to rapidly create and deploy powerful dynamic Web applications. To enhance the integration features, NetObjects will develop a custom version of its Online View, which provides dynamic instant access to complementary e-services, Lotus and Domino resources, as well as other content from within the NetObjects Fusion application. NetObjects will also develop new Domino Design Components that leverage the features available in Domino R5 and make Domino resources highly accessible within NetObjects Fusion 5.0. The components will enable developers to bring advanced Web design techniques to Domino-stored content by enabling developers to insert views, forms, lists, searches and links into pages that can easily be uploaded to and served from the Domino database. Under the second part of the agreement, Lotus has the license to bundle NetObjects enterprise technology and products with selected Lotus solutions. Lotus will leverage its collaborative and e-business applications with the open architecture, visual design, and dynamic content creation of NetObjects enterprise Web applications. NetObjects and Lotus will provide enterprises with enhanced Web application tools that allow easy integration with Javascript, HTML, XML and rich media content. The Domino Designer bundle of NetObjects Fusion will be available in Q4 2000. www.lotus.com, www.netobjects.com

Inxight Announces Categorizer

Inxight Software, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Inxight Categorizer. Categorizer is an application that efficiently and automatically classifies unstructured information, such as web pages, e-mail, word processing documents, presentations and text, into pre-defined categories to significantly increase the quality and accuracy of online searches. Using patented technology, Categorizer takes classification beyond simple methods such as rule-based systems and pure pattern recognition techniques. Categorizer advances its technology by combining linguistic processing engines with patented mathematic algorithms. For example, the word “ground” can mean ground pepper, the ground that you stand on, or the ground for a wire. Categorizer is able to distinguish between the meanings of the three “grounds” in its context. Another example is the word “teach.” Categorizer identifies and associates words that have the same meaning, depending on how the word is used, like teaches, teaching, and taught. Demonstrating contextual understanding of word “meanings” and relationships of words in sentences directly benefits the accuracy and speed of the categorization process. Moreover, Categorizer maintains its scalability even as the number of categories or documents grows. (For a detailed white paper on Categorizer, go to www.inxight.com/categorizer.pdf). Features of Categorizer include: Scalability to 100,000 documents per day with a single server; Supports over 70 major document formats including HTML, word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail files, Lotus Notes and plain text; True linguistic support for Western European languages; Out-of-the-box advanced natural language engine categorizes documents based on keywords, concepts and full language analysis; Accuracy improves automatically using an active category learning process; Built-in intelligence adapts to dynamic taxonomies; Supports Oracle data store for high-availability environments; and XML compatibility enables integration to most enterprise portal applications. Inxight Categorizer is available immediately through Inxight corporate sales. www.inxight.com

Eprise & Kinecta Integrate Technologies

Eprise Corporation and Kinecta Corporation announced that the two companies have integrated their respective technologies to enable Eprise Participant Server support for the Kinecta Interact platform. This integration will provide organizations with greater access to and management of diverse content distributed using the Kinecta Interact syndication platform. Integration with Kinecta Interact will allow content to be delivered to Eprise Participant Server’s data stores via the ICE protocol. Eprise Participant Server acts as a digital asset repository and management system, empowering companies to create, update, and manage Web content by giving business users across the organization the ability to submit, edit, approve, and post content on the fly and then have it presented to the right viewer at the right time. Kinecta Interact enables companies to manage syndication relationships and the exchange of content between a syndicator and its subscribers. Integration of the two technologies will provide business users with the ability to syndicate content and the necessary tools to constantly update that content on their Internet, extranet, and intranet sites. www.kinecta.com, www.eprise.com

Documentum & Starbase Announce Partnership

Starbase Corp. and Documentum Inc. announced a formal integration partnership. The combined solution of Starbase’s StarTeam and Documentum’s 4i eBusiness Edition will enable cross-functional Web site teams to manage their code and content in an integrated environment. This partnership marks the first in a series of planned technology integrations as part of Documentum’s Open Source Code Integration (OSCI) initiative. Documentum’s OSCI initiative facilitates integrations with application development vendors, enabling delivery of e-business solutions. The alliance calls for both companies to adopt each other’s solution in their own environment. Starbase is currently implementing Documentum’s 4i eBusiness Edition for the ongoing management of the Starbase Web site utilizing 4i’s dynamic content personalization and management capabilities to manage and enhance the experience of Web visitors. Documentum uses StarTeam as its development management solution, managing its projects and releases within the StarTeam object-linking repository. www.documentum.com, www.starbase.com

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