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Arbortext Supports 'Free-Form XML Editing' Capability'

Arbortext, Inc. Advances Power of XML with 'Free-Form XML Editing' Capability

XTech Attendees to Preview New XML innovation from Arbortext's Epic

San Jose, California. March 08, 1999.

Arbortext, Inc., a leading provider of a standards-based, electronic content management systems for authoring, managing and publishing information -- Arbortext's Epic system -- today demonstrates a "free-form" eXtensible Markup Language (XML) editing capability that will be available in upcoming releases of Epic and ADEPT products.

Content management systems that allow free-form editing enable an author to create and refine XML documents without a corresponding DTD, or document type definition, a type of file associated with SGML and XML documents that define how the markup tags should be interpreted by the application presenting the document. Arbortext's support for free-form editing means Epic and ADEPT users can edit well-formed XML documents as easily as they edit valid XML documents today.

"As XML content proliferates, it will become increasingly valuable and necessary to be able to grab content and quickly modify it and incorporate it into other documents," said Paul Grosso, Arbortext's vice president of research and W3C Advisory Board Member. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a software provider has offered support for both valid and well-formed XML content management in a single product. This capability further demonstrates Arbortext's commitment to the continual expansion of the company's support for XML. Arbortext was among the first companies to ship product to support editing valid XML -- where a DTD is required -- and now we're the first to ship a product that supports editing both valid and well- formed XML -- where no DTD is required."

This unique free-form editing capability sets Arbortext far ahead of proprietary products which require users to write complicated import and export maps in order to convert between what are typically non-standard, internal formats and XML. The amount of content available in XML is rapidly expanding and users of proprietary tools will be virtually "locked out" of the XML wave because of the huge cost of conversion. With Arbortext's free-form XML editing capability, no conversion is necessary -- authors can instantly read, modify and write well-formed XML data from any source, or incorporate that data into a valid XML document.

Although it is widely known that there is no inherent style in well-formed XML, Arbortext plans to allow users to easily map elements to a set of style constructs (e.g., numbered lists, bulleted lists, titles of various sizes, paragraphs, etc.). Further, both Epic and ADEPT will allow for exportation of these styles as a cascading stylesheet.

About Arbortext

Arbortext is the leading provider of standards-based e-content management solutions that enable companies to create, manage, reuse and publish vital information automatically to web, CD ROM or paper media. Global 5000 organizations such as AT&T, The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Inc., Digital Equipment Corporation, Ericsson, Ford Motor Company, Grolier's Encyclopedia, Guidant, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, National Semiconductor, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and West Group, use Arbortext solutions to reduce costs, accelerate time-to-market, improve the accuracy and timeliness of their vital corporation information, and more. The company maintains corporate offices in Waltham, Mass., and additional offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; San Jose, Calif., Denver, Colo., London; Paris; and Tokyo. The company has more than 150 employees worldwide.

For more information about Arbortext's products, consulting services and training programs, contact Arbortext at 734-997-0200, send email to, or visit the Arbortext website located at

SOURCE: Arbortext, Inc.

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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