The Xforms Institute has released a free online XForms validator. An interactive, Python-powered validator of XForms documents of all sorts that works with multiple host languages. (This information is in part taken from the O’Reilly book XForms Essentials – used with permission). The Mixed-namespace Checking online tool provides several checks of various contents of XForms documents, including scanning for namespace-related errors, unfortunately commonplace in XML development, performing “lint”-like checks for suspicious, but technically legal code, a check of ID/IDREF connections, even if these aren’t properly DTD-declared, and a Relax NG validation of individual “islands” of XForms content within the host document. There is also an online Document Checker, sample queries, and an XForms Validator Bookmarklet.
iUpload has added RSS support to iUpload Content Search. iUpload Content Search will allow a visitor to a site managed with iUpload Content Manager to subscribe to specific information and have it delivered as an RSS feed. Once a feed is created, the subscriber is alerted and receives any updates in his/her news reader software or aggregator. Site visitors that perform searches at a site are able to define criteria and receive RSS alerts when any updates or additions occur that match their criteria. The RSS-enabled Content Search from iUpload works independently or integrated with other iUpload Application Suite modules. When used with iUpload’s Content Manager, subject matter experts within a company can create, categorize and tag content as applicable for RSS alerts. The eMarketing Module adds support for email delivery of Alerts. iUpload Content Search with support for RSS alerts is currently available beginning at $200 per month. www.iupload.com
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a preview of updates that will be added to Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 as part of the Office 2003 service pack scheduled for release in June. In addition to the improvements Microsoft is delivering to make InfoPath 2003 more secure and reliable, the service pack also will contain feature enhancements. By downloading the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview, form designers can begin incorporating the forthcoming enhancements into their InfoPath 2003 solutions. The preview is 100 percent compatible with InfoPath 2003, so existing solutions will function as they have in the past. Among the additional capabilities are increased support for digital signatures, enhanced document recovery, data submission and filtering controls, technical updates, additional handwriting support for Tablet PC users, improved ability to handle InfoPath attachments in e-mail, enhancements to the programming environment for developers, richer page layout controls for working with printed forms, easier integration into existing business process and workflows, additional tools for developers using managed code, and extensibility and enhanced support for handling XML schemas. A U.S. English version of the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview free and also the Visual Studio toolkit for InfoPath canbe downloaded starting today. Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1 will be distributed in late June. InfoPath 2003 is available as part of Microsoft Office Professional 2003 Enterprise Edition or in stand-alone versions for an estimated retail price of $199. www.microsoft.com/office
Hummingbird Ltd. announced Hummingbird Enterprise 2004, the next release of Hummingbird’s enterprise content management (ECM) solution. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 will enable customers to create, manage, deliver and archive the content from documents to e-mail, instant messages, Web pages, records and media. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 includes a new workflow engine, integrated BI/Query, rules-based server side solution, extended functionality for mobile users, integrated, secure instant messaging (IM), enhanced web top client, performance and scalability improvements including a new distributed content caching module, integration with Microsoft Desktop, and library consolidation templates. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 is expected for general availability March 1, 2004. www.hummingbird.com
BEA Systems, Documentum, and MobileAware announced an integrated product set for mobile content delivery which can enable consumers to use their mobile phones to order and purchase online content and downloadable multimedia. In addition, the content delivery suite is designed to manage the acquisition of internal and third party content and the provisioning of that content to different customer market segments. The suite is designed to incorporate enterprise software to deliver a scalable, fully integrated out-of-the-box solution. The integrated products are a combination of MobileAware’s Mobile Interaction Server Version 3.2, BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 and the Documentum 5 Enterprise Content Management platform, all running on Intel-based servers. The combined product set can enable mobile operators, content aggregators and system integrators to deploy the product set and customize the functionality to meet their requirements. www.documentum.com, www.bea.com, www.MobileAware.com