Adobe Systems Incorporated announced an XML architecture for document creation, collaboration and process management across the enterprise. The new XML architecture provides a framework for extending business processes inside and outside the firewall. Key components include intelligent forms, process automation, data integration, security and publishing for archiving and printing. The architecture will be supported across Adobe’s client and server solutions. It will take advantage of XML for integration and bring continuity to business processes by presenting XML data in PDF for sharing, viewing and interacting through Acrobat 6.0 software or Adobe Reader. The architecture also enables dynamic rendering of PDF documents from XML for publishing or archiving with XMP meta data for search and retrieval. All XML tools work directly with Adobe’s XML architecture which supports Namespaces, XSLT, XPath, XML Schema and XML Digital Signatures. Over the coming months, Adobe will deliver a new tool for designing XML and PDF templates and forms; make the XML architecture specification publicly available and deliver an XML toolkit for developers. www.adobe.com

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