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XMetaL 3 Supports W3C XML Schema and Collaborative Authoring

SoftQuad Simplifies Enterprise Adoption of XML with XMetaL 3

New Version Includes Support for XML Schema, Advances in Ease-of-Use and Collaboration, and Powerful Development Tools

ORLANDO, FL, USA. XML 2001 Conference, December 11, 2001.

SoftQuad Software, Ltd., an internationally recognized developer of XML-enabling technologies and solutions for e-business, today announced XMetaL 3, a major upgrade to its award-winning XML content creation software. The new version features innovative ease-of-use and collaboration capabilities for content authors and provides developers with the first XML editor with a rich development environment that supports the W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) XML Schema. XMetaL 3 simplifies the creation of reusable business content, making it possible for businesses to rapidly streamline the process of distributing information to the Web, print and other media.

"XML is the unifying business language that enables companies to maximize the value of their intellectual capital and dramatically reduce content delivery costs," said Roberto Drassinower, SoftQuad's CEO. "XMetaL 3 demonstrates our steadfast commitment to product and industry leadership. We've brought together the elements needed for successful enterprise deployment, including proven XML technology, seamless integration with leading content management systems, such as Documentum and Interwoven, and professional services through SoftQuad and our strong partner network."

Consultants from Avanade Inc., the leading technology integrator for Microsoft solutions in the enterprise, have been usingthe XMetaL 3betain customer engagements. "We've been really pleased with XMetaL 3," said Mariano Delle Donne, a solution developer in Avanade's U.S. West region. "In particular, our teams appreciate the XML Schema support, which is becoming an industry-wide standard."

Over 2,000 companies, including Microsoft, Cisco,, KBC Bank, Honeywell, Continental Airlines, Ford Europe, GE Medical Systems, and National Semiconductor have chosen XMetaL for XML content creation.

Support for Industry Standard XML Schema

XMetaL 3 is the first customizable XML editor with a rich development environment to support XML Schema, an essential standard developed by the W3C to define common languages for specific business applications. XML Schema enables companies to exchange information seamlessly with partners, customers, and suppliers.

An example of broad industry support for XML Schema is the financial services industry's Research Information Exchange Markup Language, or RIXML. Created by a consortium of investment and financial research firms, including American Express Financial, UBS Warburg, Fidelity Investments, Merrill Lynch, and others, RIXML makes it easier to categorize, aggregate, compare, sort, and distribute financial research. "The use of XML and its standards are critical to financial service provider key initiatives," said Mary Knox, senior analyst at Gartner, Inc. "Failure to begin XML adoption now will result in severe competitive disadvantage because of the inability to rapidly convert systems and products to XML."

Simplified Content Creation and Collaboration for End Users

XMetaL 3 also includes new features and capabilities that make it easier for customers to deploy solutions that hide the complexity of XML from users during the content creation process. New features include:

  • Revision Marking. Integrated revision marking enables groups of authors and editors to collaborate on documents and track changes, speeding the creation and approval of XML content.

  • Preview in HTML and PDF. Users can preview documents before publishing or save them in these formats for distribution and review.

  • Enhanced integration with Microsoft Office. Legacy content can now be easily transformed from Word and Excel, as well as other formats, to XML content.

  • Workgroup document sharing. Support for the WebDAV standard provides a lightweight approach to workgroup document sharing.

  • Enterprise document sharing. Modules providing seamless integration with Documentum, Interwoven and other leading content management systems, introduced with XMetaL 2.1, are available for XMetaL 3.

Powerful New Development Features

XMetaL 3 is a validating XML editor within an open and scriptable development environment that allows developers to use common Web development and programming skills to create integrated XML content applications. With an extensive COM and JAVA API comprising over 300 interfaces, support for DOM, CSS, XSL and standard scripting languages, XMetaL gives developers the power to control exactly how XML is displayed and entered by end users.

XMetaL 3's new developer features include:

  • XMetaL Forms Toolkit. A powerful integrated drag-and-drop development environment for creating inline forms and dialog boxes to easily capture end-user input. Radio buttons, check boxes, fields, and more can be mapped to XML elements, bound to back-end databases or used to run scripts.

  • Java API. XMetaL's extensive API allows organizations that have standardized on Java to access XMetaL directly, without using a COM wrapper.

  • Support for both W3C Schema and DTDs. Content solutions can be developed using either XML Schema or DTDs, or can be migrated from DTDs to Schema, without interrupting business logic, data integrity or processes.


XMetaL 3 will be available in January 2002. New users can purchase XMetaL 3 for $495 (U.S.) per single user license; an upgrade is $195 (U.S.). XMetaL is sold directly and through authorized resellers. Volume discounts, site licenses, partner programs and on-site training are all available.

About SoftQuad Software, Ltd.

SoftQuad Software, Ltd. is an internationally recognized developer of XML-enabling technologies and commerce solutions for e-business. A founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and, SoftQuad has been instrumental in shaping and developing both the standards and technologies that are changing the way companies exchange information and do business over the Web.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Seattle and San Francisco, and European operations based in London, England, SoftQuad was first to market with an advanced, yet easy-to-use XML content creation solution, XMetaL. It has become the premier enabling technology for XML-based content applications in electronic publishing, e-commerce and knowledge management. For more information, visit SoftQuad's Web site at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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