Interwoven, Inc. announced the publication of the Content Services specification, a Web Services specification for access to Enterprise Content Management functionality. This proposed standard by Interwoven has support from vendors with portal offerings, including BEA, Bowstreet, Sun Microsystems, Inc., SAP Portals, Sybase and TIBCO Software, and will be submitted this month for consideration by one of the international open standards bodies. The new standard encompasses all lifecycle elements of enterprise content management, including content transfer, metadata, workflow, workareas, locking, and many other functions. These functions are made available as Web Services in a vendor-neutral solution, promising to hide many of the differences between competing software platforms, programming languages, and hardware specifics. The Content Services specification is available now through the site for anyone to review, comment on, and implement. A full reference solution is included in the Interwoven implementation.