Content Bridge announced the addition of new Technical Advisory Members that will participate in proposing standards to address Internet interoperability issues related to the distribution, delivery and management of content. They include Apogee Networks, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Portal Software, Inc., StorageNetworks, Inc., and Vignette Corp. Technical Advisory Members of the Content Bridge alliance are working together to identify and propose technology standards to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) or other standards-setting bodies, enabling member networks that use different technologies to participate in the Content Bridge content peering model. Initial areas of focus for standards development include cross-network implementation of: Injection — Establishes common methods for content providers to communicate content updates to member networks; Distribution — Defines methods to pass content updates between peer networks; and Accounting — Provides a common mechanism for collecting usage data and allocating revenue to member networks. On November 16, 2000, the Content Bridge alliance submitted an Internet Draft to the IETF. Titled “Implementation of Origin/Access Content Peering for HTTP,” the draft describes the implementation of content peering currently enabled by Content Bridge, including injection, distribution, and accounting. The draft is expected to be a topic of discussion at the next meeting of the IETF, which will be in mid-December in San Diego. Formed in August 2000, Content Bridge is an alliance that includes technology and network service providers. Content Bridge alliance provides a platform for cross-network content distribution, streamlining the link between content providers and consumers. Current members include: Adero, Inc., Alteon WebSystems, Apogee Networks, Compaq Computer Corporation, Digital Island, Inc., Exodus Communications Inc., Genuity Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Inktomi Corp., Intel Corporation, Madge.web N.V., NetRail, Inc., Portal Software, Inc., StorageNetworks, Inc., Sun Microsystems and Vignette Corp. www.content-bridge.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
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.