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Month: January 2003 (Page 1 of 6)

Thunderstone Launches Search Appliance

The Thunderstone Search Appliance is intended for organizations seeking the simplest possible software administration, but without giving up the security and performance of a locally hosted solution. It is a complete web-search or intranet-search solution ready to use as soon as plugged into a network. The Appliance is based on Thunderstone’s Texis software. The Thunderstone Appliance allows customers to create as many separate indexes as needed. Thus the administrator may give different groups of users access to content that is appropriate for each group. The Appliance indexes most document formats including HTML, PDF, and word processor files. The Thunderstone Appliance is also the only search solution that indexes JavaScript links and content. The Thunderstone Appliance also indexes Flash links and content. The Thunderstone Search Appliance may be integrated into an organization’s web sites by means of a simple HTML form added to any page. The appearance may be customized by adding an organization’s “look and feel” template, or by using XSLT. www.thunderstone.com

W3C Launches XForms Activity & Advances VoiceXML 2.0 to Candidate Recommendation

W3C announced the creation of the XForms Activity. More flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, XForms separate purpose, presentation, and data. The Activity is producing advanced forms logic, improved internationalization, and rich user interface capabilities. Read the XForms Activity statement and visit the XForms home page. W3C also announced the advancement of the “Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0” to Candidate Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 10 April. VoiceXML uses XML to bring synthesized speech, spoken and touch-tone input, digitized audio, recording, telephony, and computer-human conversations to the Web. www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms, www.w3.org/Voice

W3C Releases Workings Drafts for XHTML 2.0, CSS 2.1, & WSDL 1.2

The W3C HTML Working Group has released the fourth public Working Draft of “XHTML 2.0.” XHTML 2.0 is a relative of the Web’s familiar publishing languages HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1. The draft contains XHTML 2.0 modules for creating rich, portable Web-based applications. The CSS Working Group has released an interim Working Draft of “Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS 2.1).” The draft brings CSS2 in line with implementations and CSS2 errata, and removes obsolete features. The Web Services Description Working Group has released updated Working Drafts of the “Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Version 1.2” and bindings for use with SOAP 1.2, HTTP, and MIME. WSDL is an XML format for describing network services as a set of endpoints operating on messages containing either document-oriented or procedure-oriented information. www.w3.org/MarkUp, www.w3.org/Style/CSS. www.w3.org/2002/ws

Stratify & Raytion Establish Partnership

Stratify, Inc. and Raytion GmbH announced a partnership that will enable Raytion to deliver and support knowledge management solutions based on Stratify products throughout the European market. With in-depth knowledge of Stratify’s architecture and applicable business scenarios, Raytion will provide consulting and integration capabilities in conjunction with other content management, portal, and search solutions. Under the terms of the agreement Raytion will market and support Stratify’s complete product suite, including the Stratify Taxonomy Builder, Stratify Classification Server and the Stratify Discovery System platform, together with ancillary tools. Raytion has worked extensively with Stratify and the Stratify Discovery System since early 2002 and is Stratify’s first European partner. www.raytion.com, www.stratify.com

Atomz Adds Multibyte Character Support to Atomz Publish

Atomz announced that it has integrated multibyte character support into Atomz Promote and Atomz Publish, the company’s Web-native content management system (CMS). By adding support for Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other Asian languages, Atomz’s software enables multinational enterprise customers to maintain consistency and common applications throughout their global Web properties. The company’s entire product line, including Atomz Search, now supports more than 20 languages. Atomz Publish and Atomz Promote facilitate easy access to content created in many different languages, yet stored in a central file system or database. Atomz Search, a site search engine, supplies dictionaries and full character set encoding for use across international sites. www.atomz.com

Ektron Adds Features to Content Management Solutions

Ektron unveiled features that enhance flexibility and scalability of Ektron CMS200 and Ektron CMS300, including new support for Microsoft Active Directory and new load balancing functionality. Organizations using Ektron’s technology can manage users and user groups from Microsoft Active Directory to save time and enhance security via centralized user administration and single-point authentication. With Ektron’s load balancing support, site assets (images, files, etc.) are uploaded to an Ektron-specific default directory, and to additional folders or servers according to load balance requirements. Active Directory and load balancing features are available in enterprise editions of the newly released version 3.1 of Ektron CMS200 and CMS300. Ektron CMS200 and CMS300 (enterprise priced at US$12,999 and $19,999 respectively) run on Microsoft Windows servers. www.ektron.com

Workshare Releases Workshare Metawall 1.5

Workshare announced the release of Workshare Metawall 1.5. Workshare Metawall 1.5 contains features that provide protection of a firm’s documents. This release gives users the ability to restrict confidential documents from being emailed externally through Microsoft Office. Users can tag documents as “No Restriction,” “External Restriction,” or “Full Restriction” depending on the nature and level of confidentiality of their contents. The new version of the product also contains enhancements to the product’s metadata cleansing capabilities. Workshare Metawall 1.5 gives users the ability to clean multiple documents simultaneously. Another new feature allows users to receive a summary report of the metadata contained in their documents before actually cleaning them. Users then have the option of choosing which pieces of metadata they would like removed from the document. Future versions of Workshare Metawall will give users the ability to tag Microsoft Office documents so that they are restricted from being sent externally until the proper approvals have been obtained. Upcoming features will also deal with the reintegration of the documents back into the document management system (DMS). www.workshare.com

Fios Adds Concept-Based Searching to Discovery Tool

Fios, Inc. unveiled upgrades to Prevail. With this upgrade Fios will offer concept-based searching capabilities. The new upgrades will be available for client use by the middle of March. Fios’ Prevail is a Web-based tool designed to help legal teams manage, search and produce vast amounts of electronic evidence. The concept-based search technology is being added to Prevail via Fios’ licensing partnership with Engenium, Corp., developer of the intelligent concept-based search technology called Semetric. Prevail is hosted by Fios and requires no client site setup or configuration. The only system requirements for Fios’ clients are Internet Explorer 5.5 and Windows 98. Pricing is based on a per-megabyte basis, thus costs don’t vary based on the number of users accessing Prevail, nor the amount of time they spend online. www.fiosinc.com

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