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InfoAccess Announces The Virtual Webmaster

BELLEVUE, WA. April 5, 1999.

InfoAccess Inc. today released the HTML Transit 4 beta to select partners and customers.

This release, labeled "The Virtual Webmaster," automates the creation and maintenance of robust, sophisticated Websites from standard business documents. Sophisticated Websites can now be created more efficiently, yielding higher Web development productivity.

Robust, Sophisticated Website Creation

HTML Transit 4 builds sophisticated Websites from standard business documents that have been created using popular authoring tools such as Office 2000, Lotus SmartSuite Millennium or less traditional tools such as a CrossPad or a scanner. It can also import XML, HTML and PDF files. Transit Templates, Cascading Style Sheets and sophisticated frame layout capabilities facilitate precise control over the look and feel of Web pages generated by HTML Transit. HTML Transit also supports custom tagging and Java, giving Web developers more options when developing complex corporate Websites. Using a new technology called Abstraction HTML Transit analyzes inconsistently styled business documents, infers their structure and creates consistent looking Websites. Tables of contents, indexes, metadata and other reference materials are created automatically providing rich navigational options and search support across virtually unlimited levels of hierarchy.

With advanced frameset creation capabilities, HTML Transit 4 makes it easy to layout frames as desired, with as many embedded frames as desired. For more complex Websites, frames can contain references to Active Server Pages, Java Server Applets or any other files needed to run more interactive Web pages. HTML Transit 4 also creates an XML Map file for each publication. The XML Map file visually displays the structure of the publication in an outline, as well as information such as user access rights. By utilizing ASP and the XML Map file, developers can create a Website that requires user login; ASP will interpret the access information in the XML Map file to selectively reveal content based upon user access rights. The result is a dynamically generated table of contents that displays Web page links based on login access.

HTML Transit 4 is standards-based and supports 3.x and 4.x browsers, as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0. HTML Transit can generate web content in any of several standards-based formats including HTML 3.2, HTML 4 and XML.


HTML Transit's core value lies in automating the process of sophisticated Website creation and maintenance. Through a graphical user interface, anyone can define the architecture of the site as well as its desired look, feel and Website behavior. Once created, content can be added, deleted and amended with the changes automatically reflected on the site without Webmaster involvement. The revised Website maintains the look, feel and customized behavior of the original site. HTML Transit 4 delivers fast prototyping, proofing, deployment and rapid revision of corporate portals (intranets), business to business (extranets), business to consumer sites (Internet).

"HTML Transit 4 will at least double the productivity of the Webmaster for less than $500," said InfoAccess president, Jim Culbertson. "Website content is updated instantly, with complete accuracy."

HTML Transit 4 is now also a client to Transit Central, the automated server technology from InfoAccess. Transit Central extends HTML Transit functionality to the entire network population. Any content creator can contribute to the Website by dragging a file to a folder monitored by Transit Central. On a defined schedule, whether every five minutes or once a month, the Website is updated to reflect these additions, deletions and revisions.

Availability and Pricing

HTML Transit 4 is scheduled for public release in May 1999. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for HTML Transit is $495. HTML Transit is available from InfoAccess directly or from select partners and resellers.

System Requirements

HTML Transit requires a 486 or Pentium processor; Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0; 32 MB for Windows 95 or Windows 98 or 64 MB of RAM for Windows NT 4.0; 50 MB of hard disk space; and CD-ROM drive.

About InfoAccess

InfoAccess Inc. pioneered hypertext publishing systems, and is a leader in advanced knowledge-delivery systems and automated Web publishing solutions for corporate Websites and document management systems. InfoAccess OEMs Panagon Web Publisher to FileNET corporation and DOCSSite to PCDOCS/Fulcrum. The company was named one of the top 25 intranet companies by Information Week Magazine. In addition to HTML Transit the company offers Transit Central; Transit Central 3.0 was named Best Government Buy by Federal Computer Week Magazine, and Transit Central EDM for integrated Web publishing for document management systems. HTML Transit has received numerous awards including InfoWorld's Groupware Product of the Year, NetGuide Magazine's Editors' Choice, Windows Magazine Recommended List, and five stars from PC/Computing Magazine. For more information, contact InfoAccess. Telephone: 800/344-9737 or 425/201-1915. Fax: 425/201-1922. Email: Website:


InfoAccess Inc.
Brian Dirking
Tel: +1 425/201-1053

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

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