SGML: ArborText Plans Asian Language Support

SGML: ArborText Plans Asian Language Support

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ArborText Plans Asian Language Support 

January 25, 1996

In booth 2730 at the Seybold Seminars Boston, ArborText will announce
plans for the Asian language version of its ADEPTˇEditor and
ADEPTˇPublisher products. These products will provide full SGML-based
support for editing and composition with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
The prototype on display will show Japanese editing; the full release at the
end of 1996 will provide Japanese composition as well.

Several of ArborText's customers have committed to use the new version
as soon as it's available. These customers, who are primarily multinational
transportation and high technology companies, need to use the ADEPT
Series to produce information for their worldwide customer base.

ArborText has chosen UNICODE (TM) as the character encoding standard
to provide Asian language support. Although this 16-bit scheme supports
most of the world's languages in a single system, ArborText will release
support for Modern Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean in subsequent
phases because of differences in fonts, keyboard input methods, and
encoding standards.

ArborText will support users who need encoding standards, such as JIS and
EUC, through built-in or external mapping routines. Because UNICODE
also supports English and European character sets, users will be able to
create documents with multiple languages.

The Asian language version of ADEPT-Publisher, which prints documents
from SGML-formatted data, will compose Japanese horizontally. 

The Asian language version will initially provide an English language user
interface and English/European tagging. Depending on demand and resource
availability, ArborText expects eventually to offer localized versions where
the user interface and tagging come in other languages as well.

Upon release, the Asian language version will run on the Japanese versions
of Sun Microsystems' Solaris 2.4 or later and Microsoft's Windows NT and
Windows '95. ArborText will also support Hewlett-Packard's HP/UX and
IBM's AIX on a schedule that develops in response to customer demand.
ArborText has not yet established pricing for the new version.

Because the Asian language version is an internal development project,
ArborText will be able to ship future releases of both its English/European
version and its Asian language version simultaneously.