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Month: January 2003 (Page 1 of 6)

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.,

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.,

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.

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.

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.,

XAware Announces Partnerships

XAware, Inc. announced partnerships with eight application server, data access, XML editor and e-commerce channel vendors. XAware’s application server partners are BEA, IBM, Sun and JBOSS. XAware leverages the common services of these application server partners by providing reusable XML-views of disparate data sources. For software vendors, businesses or IT shops that don’t use application servers within their application stacks, XAware can run as a component to add interoperability, XML integration and Web services to packaged applications or custom applications. XAware, through its embeddable integration components, offers an approach to data integration and an alternative to EAI solutions and custom development. XAware’s application, database and information access partners include Attunity and Insevo. These allow the XAware iServer integration engine to talk to ERP, CRM, SCM, financial and other packaged applications. XAware’s XML editor partner is Altova.

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.

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).

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