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Day: August 19, 2001

Open eBook Standard Updated

The Open eBook Forum has released an updated version of the Open eBook Publication Structure Specification. Entitled `Publication Structure Specification 1.0.1,’ the new standard for authoring reusable content for eBook devices and readers supercedes the 1.0 version of the OEB Specification. The OEB Publication Structure (OEBPS) is an XML-based specification for the content, structure, and presentation of electronic books. Developed and maintained by the Open eBook Forum, a group of over 85 organizations involved in electronic publishing, the standards body and trade association includes Gold Sponsorship from Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems and Intertrust Technologies. Version 1.0.1 of OEBPS, which is based on over a year of industry experience with 1.0, does not add additional features to the specification but only removes ambiguities and corrects errors. Version 2.0 of OEBPS, which will introduce new features and substantial enhancements — particularly in the areas of presentation, linking and navigation, internationalization, and metadata — is currently under development. The Publication Structure Working Group encourages all participants and interested parties to download copies of the OEBPS 1.0.1 specification from the Open eBook Forum web site. Multiple formats are available.

Documentum Introduces eContent Services for Portals

Documentum introduced Documentum eContent Services for Portals, the portal-specific deliverable of their recently-announced Documentum Web services initiative. Documentum eContent Services for Portals reduce the need to create new programming interfaces and integration code for enterprise portal implementation. Building on the Documentum 4i eBusiness Platform, these services employ Documentum eContent Portlets to create a way to expose content management functionality through an enterprise portal. Documentum has pre-packaged the most significant and common content management functions, such as content contribution, browsing, and workflow management. These services, called eContent Portlets, will be delivered as Java Server pages, Java classes, and XML files to be exposed through the portal interface. Documentum will offer a Portal Integration Kit to guide portal builders who will integrate Documentum eContent Portlets with portal deployments. Portal providers will leverage Documentum eContent Services for Portals. Among the first adopters are: ATG, BEA Systems, Bowstreet, Citrix, Corechange, DataChannel, Epicentric, Plumtree Software, SAP Portals, Inc., iPlanet, E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun Netscape Alliance and TIBCO.

Engage to Focus on Content Management for Multichannel Marketing

Engage, Inc. announced that it would further reduce its workforce and would shift its emphasis to the growing market for content management software for multichannel marketing. As part of the shift, Engage also said it had entered into discussions with potential buyers for its media business. As part of the change, Engage also announced that it would discontinue its Engage Knowledge profiling service. Engage said it does not intend to sell the service’s database of anonymous profiles. Engage offers a broad range of software solutions to help marketers, publishers, and advertising agencies manage marketing content across traditional and new media channels. By using these solutions, Engage’s customers are able to deliver consistent messages across channels while streamlining production processes and increasing efficiencies. Among its software products are Content Server, Approval Server, PromoManager and AdManager. The company will provide additional details and financial guidance concerning the realigned company as part of its fourth quarter financial announcement in mid-September.

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