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CambridgeDocs' xDoc XML Converter

CambridgeDocs Announces xDoc XML Converter

Interactive Tool Allows For Delivery of Content Into Multiple XML Formats and Enables Web Services

Boston, MA, USA. January 14, 2003.

CambridgeDocs, a leader in the emerging market for XML-based content integration, today announced the xDoc Converter, a tool for migrating unstructured content from legacy sources, including Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe PDF documents into any XML schema (XSD) or DTD for improved searching and indexing across the enterprise.

The xDoc Converter is the first dedicated platform and IDE specifically designed to help businesses transform pre-existing unstructured HTML and Microsoft Word documents into "meaningful" XML, such as DocBook XML, LegalXML, NewsML, HR-XML, SCORM, and other customer-specific schemas. The resulting XML can be used for content management, multi-channel publishing, and syndication via Web Services. The xDoc Converter software application is available for immediate download.

Unlike traditional approaches to converting content to semantic XML, however, which either require workers to manually retype thousands of documents, or require senior developers to write custom code or PERL scripts in a "one-off" fashion, the xDoc Converter allows ordinary programmers or IT personnel to create a set of generic "conversion" rules through the use of a point-and-click interface.

"By converting their internal documents, Intranet pages, and product brochures into XML, companies are able to easily import that unstructured content into enterprise applications, and thereby more effectively leverage that content across their entire organization," commented Rizwan Virk, Chairman and CTO of CambridgeDocs.

"In addition, since XML is able to completely separate content from presentation, and hence allow the same content to be displayed in HTML, PDF, or other formats, and allows new documents to be quickly assembled from existing disparate content those organizations adopting XML are able to significantly reduce authoring and publishing costs and can share content across organizations using Web Services," added Virk.

According to Jim Murphy, e-Business Analyst/Web Developer for Direct Mail Express, "xDoc Converter has allowed our technical staff to glean information from non-technical processes within our organization. By authoring properly tagged Microsoft Word templates for commonly used documents, we have been able to catalog and database sales proposals, white papers and several otherwise static documents. We want our sales force concentrated on selling, not on whether their proposals are formatted properly for the tech department. xDoc Converter makes this process seamless."

"Converting documents into XML can be a difficult process," says Frank Gilbane of The Gilbane Report. "Most companies underestimate the complexity and are frustrated in their first attempts to transform content into XML that they can then use in ways they were expecting to. There is no getting around the need for careful analysis of both the content to be converted, and the potential future use of the resulting XML. There is a growing need for technology that can facilitate well-thought-out strategies for content conversion."

The xDoc Converter is a Java 2 platform with a .NET interface, and it works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The xDoc Converter can import and convert content to any DTD or XML schema. In addition to its point-and-click interface, the xDoc Converter has a set of in-depth reference manuals and product tutorials, and example rules for converting documents into DocBook XML. The application can be downloaded for immediate evaluation and purchase from

The xDoc Converter is the first step in CambridgeDocs' strategy for providing Content Interoperability via a middleware platform, the CambridgeDocs XML Content BackBone. The CambridgeDocs XML Content Backbone allows for the sharing, indexing, migration, repurposing, and delivery of content between numerous legacy formats and a variety of enterprise content systems.

About CambridgeDocs

CambridgeDocs is a leader in the emerging market for XML-based content integration. This market deals with the integration of legacy content with new XML-based systems (e.g., Content Management, Enterprise Information Portals, EAI, and Web Services) and standards (e.g., DocBook, HRXML, RIXML, IRXML, FPML, DAS-XML, NewsML, any custom XML schema/DTDs, etc.).

Towards this end, CambridgeDocs provides a technology platform & services for taking existing unstructured and semi-structured internal and external content (e.g. MS Word, HTML, PDF, Quark, etc.), and transforming it into "meaningful XML". Once transformed, the content can be made available for delivery through XML-based Web Services, classified and indexed within Enterprise Information Portals, and aggregated, assembled and published in multiple different formats including support for wireless and mobile devices.


Irfan Virk
Tel: +1 617/283-1618

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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