SoftQuad Software Inc. Announces XMetaL, Latest XML/SGML Content Authoring Tool
New XMetaL Ushers in Next Generation of Structured Document Authoring. Delivers Unprecedented Ease of Use and Deployment for Corporate Customers
TORONTO, Canada. November 17, 1998. XML '98 Conference.
SoftQuad Software Inc., a leading provider of standards-based content publishing tools, Tuesday announced XMetaL, its full-featured XML/SGML content authoring tool.
XMetaL is designed to deliver unprecedented ease of use and deployment for corporate customers who work with structured documents. XMetaL drastically reduces costs by enabling more authors to directly create content in the native format used by the corporation's existing publishing system.
Too often authors use a standard word processor to create content, even though the format is incompatible with the corporate publishing system. This requires the addition of a costly and error-prone conversion step to the publishing workflow. In this situation, the authoring environment is not optimized and the original author must surrender control of the content.
"XMetaL shatters the barriers to wide-scale acceptance of structured content authoring, re-defines the current cost model and delivers unprecedented value and performance," said Roberto Drassinower, president and CEO, SoftQuad Software.
XMetaL provides authors with a familiar word processing-like environment and a rich array of powerful authoring aids, including multiple document views and context-sensitive property inspectors. The user interface features configurable window management, customizable toolbars and tear-off menus.
The Resource Manager provides drag-and-drop management of boilerplate text, document fragments, logos, macros and more, both locally and across corporate networks.
XMetaL creates documents that conform to arbitrary XML and SGML DTDs (both ASCII and compiled). XMetaL conforms to numerous standards including SGML, XML, CALS tables, DOM, CSS and HTML.
XMetaL gives users the ability to save SGML documents as XML, providing a simple migration path from SGML to XML. For users who wish to take advantage of the XML support provided by upcoming versions of Microsoft and Netscape Web browsers, XMetaL supports the inclusion of HTML constructs such as forms, tables and links.
XMetaL will be available in March 1999 for $495 for a single-user license. The product will be sold directly and through VARs and OEMs. Volume discounts, site licenses and training programs are available.
About SoftQuad Software
SoftQuad Software is a leading provider of multi-platform, standards-based content publishing tools. Based in Toronto, SoftQuad Software is a founding member and active participant in the World Wide Web Consortium (WWW), Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
[Note: SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO and SoftQuad HoTMetaL are trademarks of SoftQuad Software Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.]
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