Chrystal Software Introduces Lingua

Chrystal Software Introduces Lingua

New Application for Astoria Manages Translation Process

SAN DIEGO August 27, 1998. Chrystal Software, a Xerox New Enterprise Co., announced the availability of Lingua, a new application for the company's flagship product Astoria.

Lingua extends Astoria's feature-rich ability to manage documents at a precise component level to multiple language versions.

``Lingua enables immediate identification of changes that require translation, enabling the authoring and translation processes to overlap,'' explained Sean Baird, product manager for Chrystal. ``Lingua puts control back into the hands of the authoring team.''

Lingua streamlines the translation process. It adds tighter control for publishing environments experiencing pressure to deliver translated documents faster and with higher quality. Initially available for Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) based documents and components, later releases of Lingua will be available for other component types.

``We believe that we have a product that will produce significant returns for organizations that must publish the same information in many languages,'' said R. Steven Kiser, Chrystal's president and chief executive officer. ``With Lingua, translators can pinpoint areas in need of retranslation historically a very expensive an time-consuming process. The results are greatly reduced time to market as well as reductions in initial translation and revisions.''

During the initial translation cycle, Lingua provides the translator with the document in the base language. Once translated, the document may be checked back into the system. Since Lingua manages the relationships of components in each language, reused components need only be translated once and will be replicated wherever they exist through all documents in the repository.

As the base language document is revised or updated, Astoria identifies the specific components of information that have changed. Lingua uses this information to identify components that must be retranslated. It marks the changed documents for translation and automatically copies the updated sections, paragraphs, or terms from the base language into each language variant of the document.

Astoria is a content management solution for organizations producing technical publications and other kinds of business critical documents. It works with current authoring tools to provide precise control over valuable information assets. Commonly, these include a variety of graphics, illustrations, tables, Microsoft Word and FrameMaker files, and often there is new media and structured file formats such as SGML and XML.

Chrystal Software, a Xerox New Enterprise Co., is built on a foundation of leading-edge content management technology. The company has a worldwide presence with partners in key markets and customers in automotive, aerospace, telecommunications equipment, publishing and other industries. Chrystal's customers maximize the value of their information assets and achieve real benefits in improved time to global market, simultaneous distribution to the Web, paper, and CD-ROM, and delivery to markets of one.

Copyright 1998, Chrystal Software Inc. All rights reserved. Chrystal Software and Astoria are registered trademarks of Chystal Software Inc. All brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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