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Blast Radius and IXIASOFT Create DITA-Based Content Lifecycle Solution

Blast Radius and IXIASOFT Team to Deliver DITA-Based Solution

Vancouver, BC, CA and Montreal, PQ, CA. November 16, 2004.

Blast Radius, provider of the leading XML content authoring product XMetaL, and IXIASOFT, the developer of TEXTML Server, a native XML database and search engine, have partnered in creating a content lifecycle solution that integrates their products and the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard.

DITA, introduced by IBM, is an XML-based, end-to-end architecture for authoring, producing and delivering technical information. The first implementation of the DITA-based solution is nearing completion at CEDROM-SNi, one of Canada's largest news content aggregator.

Using an XML content authoring and management solution based on the DITA standard, CEDROM-SNi will be able to efficiently reduce production and maintenance costs, repurpose and customize content, and provide multi-language support for the online help mechanisms offered on each of its three Web sites: (French Canada), (France) and (English Canada).

The DITA architecture of the solution allows for topic specialization and enables flexible content organization for easy reuse. The combination of DITA, TEXTML Server and XMetaL makes it possible to organize content so that information pieces can be effectively reused in different contexts.

The integration of TEXTML Server and XMetaL provides tremendous flexibility and performance for the DITA-based solution. While TEXTML Server's native XML support enables efficient management of XML content and advanced searching capabilities, XMetaL's XML authoring tool allows administrators to easily manage different interfaces for each product and to deliver content to multiple outputs.

IXIASOFT and Blast Radius will showcase a demo of the DITA application, featuring the integration of XMetaL and TEXTML Server at XML Conference 2004, being held November 15-19 in Washington, D.C. A major conference of the markup community, XML Conference & Exposition 2004 is the event where management and technical professionals from business, government, and other organizations gather to review the latest technologies, applications, and services that exist for the XML community. France Baril, Documentation Architect for IXIASOFT, will be presenting 'DITA Case Study at CEDROM-SNi' on November 16 at 4 p.m. in the North Cotillion room.


IXIASOFT develops and distributes TEXTML Server, a native XML database and search engine whose purpose is to store, index and retrieve XML content. IXIASOFT is the only true provider of document-centric XML Servers specializing in the storage and publishing of XML documents. IXIASOFT enjoys a global customer base with various vertical markets such as aerospace, media & publishing, energy, and government. Strategic partners include Adobe, Altova, Blast Radius, Microsoft, Ektron, and General Dynamics. IXIASOFT is a voting member of the W3C.

About XMetaL

XMetaL from Blast Radius simplifies the creation of critical business information and enables its fast and cost-efficient delivery to print, the Web and all other interaction points. The market's leading XML content creation product, XMetaL is designed to maximize a company's investment in content development across an extended enterprise. The XMetaL suite consists of four powerful products designed to meet the combined requirements of business people, IT managers and developers: XMetaL Author and XMAX (XMetaL for ActiveX), used by content creators, and provide the only comprehensive XML solution available in both desktop and embeddable versions; XMetaL Developer, used by developers to build custom solutions for content authors; and XMetaL Central, a server-based XML environment manager. Visit to learn how more than 1,000 customers worldwide, including Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, the European Space Agency, Learning Tree, Nike Timing, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, use XMetaL to ease the creation of reusable, high-quality business content. Blast Radius-the customer experience management company-also delivers a full range of strategy, technology and design services to help companies deliver truly innovative customer experiences.


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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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