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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.