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ArborText to Support Style Sheets for the Extensible Markup Language (XML)

Industry Leader Previews its "Cedar" Project

NEW YORK (December 9, 1997) - ArborText, the world's leading provider of content creation and management software for scalable XML applications, today announced that it will be previewing Extensible Markup Language (XML) style sheet support at the Internet World Fall '97 Conference in New York. Continuing in its role as an XML visionary and leading developer, ArborText will preview its Cedar project, which is focused on the creation of style sheets based on the Extensible Style Language (XSL) for XML documents.

XSL is the style specification language being developed in conjunction with the XML initiative. In September, a proposal for the XSL specification was submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) by ArborText, Inso, and Microsoft.

Extensible Style Language separates form from content in XML and HTML documents, ideally telling a Web browser how to present information that is stored in a media-independent format.

"Vast numbers of documents already exist that can be automatically translated on-the-fly into XML. XSL removes a major barrier to publishing those documents directly on the Web," said Paul Grosso, vice president of research at ArborText. "Our preview of the Cedar project is a major stepforward for XML."

An online beta version of Cedar will be available from the ArborText website (http://www.arbortext.com) in early 1998.

Sebastian Holst, vice president of product management, Electronic Publishing Solutions at Inso, said, "Inso believes that XML is a revolutionary technology for the Web and is committed to delivering the benefits XML applications promise. The development of a style sheet standard is crucial for XML to reach its full potential. We are excited to see ArborText previewing support for XML style sheets."

About Inso Corporation

Headquartered in Boston, Inso Corp. (NASDAQ: INSO) is a leading provider of dynamic electronic publishing and information sharing software products that operate in environments ranging from computer desktops to the Internet. Inso employees are heavily involved in electronic publishing standards development and include the co-editor of the XLL specification, the editor of DSSSL, and the lead on the XSL initiative. Inso can be found on the Web at http://www.inso.com.

About the ADEPT Software Series

ArborText's ADEPT family of adaptable standards-based software allows users to create and maintain textual and graphic information as reusable elements independent of formatting, media, and computer software or hardware. Reusable document elements make document preparation and publication more efficient and effective in a wide variety of applications ranging from technical publications to web site management.

The ADEPT family's authoring, editing and publishing software is tightly integrated with third party document management software to enable high performance, enterprise-wide knowledge processing solutions.

About ArborText

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ArborText develops and supports software that makes the process of capturing and delivering knowledge more effective. Global 5,000 organizations use the company's products to author, catalog, and reuse information stored in document databases.

In production use since 1991, ArborText software is the keystone of high-volume document assembly systems at companies such as Boeing, Digital Equipment Corporation, Ford, Grolier's Encyclopedia, Lockheed Martin, National Semiconductor, and Sun Microsystems.

For more information about ArborText's products, consulting services and training programs, contact ArborText at +1 313.997.0200, send email to info@arbortext.com, or visit the ArborText website located at http://www.arbortext.com.