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Idiom Technologies' WorldServer OpenTopic Supports Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA)

Idiom Delivers WorldServer OpenTopic to Simplify and Accelerate the Delivery of XML-Based Content

New Option Headlines a Long List of Enhancements to Industry-Leading Global Electronic Publishing Solution

Waltham, MA, USA. October 12, 2004.

The global content lifecycle leader, Idiom Technologies, Inc., today announced WorldServer OpenTopic, a new and revolutionary XML-based publishing solution for simplifying and accelerating the creation, management, localization, and production of print and electronic documents. WorldServer OpenTopic headlines a variety of enhancements included in the latest version of WorldServer Global Electronic Publishing, which was also announced today.

Based on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), as well as other new features and capabilities, WorldServer OpenTopic is an open and extensible solution that accelerates the transition to XML-based publishing, and streamlines ongoing global publishing efforts. It enables Idiom customers to improve the quality and consistency of evolving content, while significantly reducing the time and costs associated with authoring, updating, translating, and delivering information.

"We evaluated a number of global publishing vendors and their solutions," said Tanya Wendling, Senior Director of Cross-Media Publishing in Adobe's Marketing Communications group. "WorldServer OpenTopic integrates with Adobe's publishing tools, enhancing the efficiency and timetable for our content updates. That integration made our decision to purchase WorldServer Global Electronic Publishing an easy one."

WorldServer OpenTopic reduces the time, cost and effort related to XML implementation and use, through the following capabilities:

  • Out-of-the-Box Document Type Definition (DTD): eliminate the need to develop DTDs from scratch by using the WorldServer OpenTopic DTD, based on DITA.
  • Automated Print Transformation Process: automate the process of converting XML topics into reader-friendly documents in both electronic and printed forms. This powerful XSL-FO-based process addresses a host of layout and language-specific requirements, such as page design, font, and index generation.
  • Automated Help Transformation Process: automate the process of generating electronic help systems, such as Microsoft Compiled Help (CHM), or browser-based help systems, that include automatically generated tables of contents, and keyword searching.
  • XQuery Templates: simplify the search process for authors, making it easier to find reusable content, or content that can be used in cross- references.
  • Getting Started Kit: DITA conforming document samples, best practices, and other items make it easy for publishing teams to come up to speed quickly and fully leverage OpenTopic.

Taken together, the new features and capabilities found in WorldServer OpenTopic streamline the global content lifecycle, by dramatically reducing the time, effort, and cost required to create, store and transform XML-based content.

"An out-of-the-box DITA implementation is extremely compelling for any company," said Tim Benthall, vice president of Systems and Communications at Information Builders. "WorldServer OpenTopic was a major factor in our decision to go with the Idiom global electronic publishing solution."

"DITA can dramatically ease the chore and cost of global publishing applications because it facilitates well-organized use, and reuse, of information." said Frank Gilbane, Editor and Publisher of the Gilbane Report, "XML-based publishing approaches, like Idiom's WorldServer OpenTopic, which is based on DITA, provide sophisticated capabilities to companies that need to manage source and multilingual content."

"Most global companies understand the long-term benefits of an XML-based publishing environment but until now, the up-front investment in time and expertise has been a barrier," said Eric Silberstein, Founder and CTO, Idiom Technologies. "By providing everything our customers need-from DTD through transformations-out of the box, we bring immediate benefits and highly- measurable ROI to the document creation, globalization and production processes."


WorldServer OpenTopic is a separately priced and packaged option to the new version of WorldServer Global Electronic Publishing. Both are available immediately.

About DITA

DITA is an OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) standard. Originally developed by IBM SGML and XML content architects, it enjoys broad industry support from XML vendors, as well as users. For more information, please visit

About Idiom

Idiom Technologies creates simultaneous enterprises that leverage the power of the global content lifecycle to deliver business-critical information in many different forms and languages simultaneously. Since 1998, Idiom has been helping companies such as Adobe Systems, Baxter Healthcare, eBay, General Electric, Motorola, and Oracle become simultaneous enterprises, and achieve worldwide competitive advantage by:

  • Streamlining content creation, management, globalization, and production through business process automation to speed time-to-market
  • Ensuring global content quality to improve global customer satisfaction
  • Accelerating international revenue while decreasing costs

To learn more, contact Idiom today at +1 781.464.6000, send email to, or visit


Todd Keefe
Public Relations
Tel: +1 617-262-1968

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See general references in "Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA XML)."

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