Chuckwalla, Inc. and Eprise Corporation announced a partnership to provide customers with a complete solution for accelerated delivery of rich media to the Web via integration of Chuckwalla’s rich media management products with Eprise Participant Server. The agreement includes cooperative marketing and promotion of the solution by the two companies. By integrating Chuckwalla technology, rich media can be delivered through the Web in one, streamlined process, providing customers an even more robust environment for improving Web site effectiveness to drive e-business success. www.eprise.com, www.chuckwalla.com
VeriSign, Inc. announced a range of XML-based specifications and services designed to enable enterprise developers, B2B exchanges, independent software vendors (ISVs) and service providers to link their applications to Web identity, online authentication, authorization, digital signature, encryption and payment services. These specifications are being introduced in conjunction with today’s release of the XML Key Management Specification (XKMS) by VeriSign, Microsoft and webMethods. Currently, developers choosing to enable applications to handle digital keys for authentication and digital signatures are often required to purchase and integrate specialized toolkits from a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) software vendor which only interoperate with that vendor’s PKI offerings. With the new XKMS specification, those functions are no longer built into the application but instead reside in servers that can be accessed via easily programmed XML transactions. XKMS is also compatible with the emerging standards for Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). More information on XKMS can be found at: www.verisign.com/developer/xml. The new XML specifications are designed to work with VeriSign’s existing Web identity, authentication, payment and validation services and greatly simplify interoperability of e-commerce transactions. In addition to XKMS, VeriSign has developed a suite of XML specifications. Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) supports an XML-based management utility for vendors of online identity services. EPP will enable VeriSign’s accredited registrar partners to sell domain names, telephone numbers and future identification assets through a new extensible protocol. VeriSign is working with multiple industry partners, including Netegrity, to develop S2ML, a common language for sharing authentication and authorization services through XML documents. VeriSign’s XML Pay is an XML specification for payment requests and responses in a distributed, web-based payment transaction environment. The typical user of XML Pay is an Internet merchant or merchant aggregator who wants to dispatch consumer credit card, debit card, corporate purchase card, automated clearinghouse (ACH), or other payment requests to a financial processing network. www.verisign.com
Bowstreet Interwoven Inc. announced a co-marketing, co-selling and product integration alliance. This alliance is designed to enable businesses to manage and deploy custom content across XML-based “business webs,” including B2B marketplaces and portals. Interwoven TeamSite content management software allows both technical and non-technical contributors to develop and test web content prior to publishing, and to integrate and web-enable content from disparate sources including database data, word-processing documents and presentations. The Bowstreet Business Web Factory allows non-technical business people to use a graphical point-and-click interface to deploy TeamSite-managed content in customized combinations to an infinite number of customer, partner and supplier sites. This process automates the proliferation of content across business webs of interconnected companies, saving all parties the time and expense of hard-coding customization features into each partner web site. www.interwoven.com, www.bowstreet.com
Arbortext, Inc. announced the launch of its most recent version of e-content software, Epic 4.1, which supports the conversion between Interleaf and Adobe FrameMaker files and XML. This latest release also enhances Epic’s capability to convert between Microsoft Word files and XML. Epic 4.1 significantly expands the reach of authors who can leverage XML within an enterprise. Occasional authors who contribute content and are accustomed to a particular type of software can continue authoring in that environment while downstream processes can leverage that content for multiple purposes by converting it to XML. Epic 4.1 also maintains and further enhances features introduced in the previous Epic version such as rapid applications development, global support and adherence to W3C XML recommendations. Epic 4.1 will ship in December 2000. All Arbortext customers under maintenance are eligible to receive the Epic 4.1 upgrade at no charge and will automatically be shipped the upgrade. The XML conversion capabilities are available as Epic Interchange, an option to Arbortext’s XML editors, Epic Editor and Epic Editor LE, and are included as a standard part of Arbortext’s server, the Epic E-Content Engine (E3). www.arbortext.com
Kinecta Corporation announced Kinecta Interact v3.2 with enhanced features for increased stability and reliability. New features extend the functionality of the Kinecta Interact platform to allow for more flexibility in syndication environments. The Kinecta Interact content distribution infrastructure, based on the ICE (Information and Content Exchange) protocol, automates the distribution and management of information and content between networked partners and affiliates. Key new features include: FTP Content Source Monitor — enables content providers and aggregators to access content directly from an FTP server; Internationalization — supports double-byte and other non-Latin characters for entry and display. In addition, the Kinecta Interact AdaptiveContent transformation capabilities can now handle content encoded in the most popular single- and double-byte character encodings, including Unicode; and Extended database support — Kinecta Interact now supports Sybase databases. www.kinecta.com
Infoteria Corporation announced a strategic alliance with Quark Japan. Quark Japan is part of U.S.-based Quark Inc. Quark has committed to XML to support its strategy of web-based “media- independent publishing.” New Quark offerings for web-based publishing include avenue.quark, which converts Quark XPress content to XML. Under its new alliance with Infoteria, Quark will provide advanced XML capabilities to users of Quark XPress, including schema design capabilities and the ability to convert to new schema languages, which will make it easier for Quark XPress content to be widely exchanged via local area networks, wide area networks, and the Internet. In addition to providing new capabilities to Quark XPress users immediately, the alliance between Quark and Infoteria will result in joint development and marketing of new web publishing solutions and XML training options. www.quark.co.jp, www.infoteria.com
IntraNet Solutions, Inc. announced the release of Outside In Server 3.0, the latest version of its Web server plug-in that automatically makes over 200 different file types viewable in any Web browser. Outside In Server 3.0 enables users to convert business content to wireless mark-up language (WML) for viewing on any wireless application protocol (WAP)-compatible device, ranging from desktops to PDAs and cell phones. This new version of the Outside In Server technology eliminates the need for Webmasters to convert and manage different documents for each different device because Outside In detects the client’s browser type and automatically delivers the content in the appropriate format for that browser. Enterprises are then provided with the flexibility to deliver information “on the fly” to desktops and wireless devices. The Outside In Server 3.0 technology will ship December 1, 2000 and is priced at $10,000 per server (USD). www.outsideinserver.com.
The W3C announced the advancement of the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) 1.0 to Candidate Recommendation. Designers use an XSL style sheet to express how source content should be styled, laid out, and paginated onto a presentation medium such as a browser window, a pamphlet or a book. Many people are accustomed to using style sheets in the context of word-processing. W3C’s style sheets offer extensive stylistic control over the presentation of Web pages. The Consortium has developed the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language, and this is now widely implemented on the popular browsers. CSS is playing an increasingly important role in styling many kinds of XML documents. The vision is that CSS3 – still in the making – will be used for styling XHTML, SVG vector graphics, XML, and SMIL multimedia presentations, to name a few. While CSS is used for styling in the traditional sense of the word, XSL is designed to actually transform XML data. XSL applies a “style sheet” to transform one document into another. A large number of XSL formatting objects have also been defined, potentially enabling complex publishing tasks. www.w3c.org