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Last modified: November 25, 1998
Interleaf Announces Early Adopters

Interleaf Announces Two Additional Early Adopters of XML-based BladeRunner

North Carolina's Department of Commerce and Practitioners Publishing Company Select BladeRunner for XML Initiatives

CHICAGO, IL. November 18, 1998.

Today at XML '98, Interleaf, Inc. announced that its XML-based content management system, BladeRunner, has been selected by North Carolina's Department of Commerce and Practitioners Publishing Company. Under the BladeRunner Early Adopter Program, both organizations are using a pre-release version of the product to accelerate their XML knowledge and to prototype business solutions based on this emerging information standard.

The BladeRunner Early Adopter Program allows companies to evaluate XML as an effective information standard and apply that knowledge to solve specific business problems. Early adopters can test BladeRunner on Hewlett Packard Company's HP NetServer LX Pro, as Interleaf and Hewlett Packard are working together to assist participants in successfully deploying XML-based enterprise content management solutions.

BladeRunner's Early Adopters

As a participant in the Early Adopter Program, North Carolina's Department of Commerce will test BladeRunner in the context of its Information Resource Management Commission (IRMC) E-Commerce initiative. "Our goal is to provide improved information sharing among our state offices, citizens, contractors and suppliers," said Emilie Schmidt, North Carolina's Chief Technology Officer. "The efficient creation, management and publishing of business and civil content is paramount to our information architecture. With so many constituencies acting as both creators and users of information, we must improve how each group provides and consumes the specific information they need in the form they need it."

Practitioners Publishing Company (PPC) is a leading provider of print and electronic resources, guidance and practical solutions for public accounting and business management. "The mass customization of accounting-related material made possible by BladeRunner will enable PPC to assemble the exact content a customer needs at any specific point in time and distribute it to their desktops," said Lloyd Howlett, PPC's Executive Vice President of Operations. "XML will enable documents and publications that are published for the market of one."

"We're excited that both North Carolina's Department of Commerce and Practitioners Publishing Company have joined the BladeRunner Early Adopter Program," said Amanda Radice, Interleaf's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "These organizations are part of a select group working toward the implementation of XML-based solutions to meet their unique business challenges. They know that one of the keys to strategic competitiveness is customization of dynamic information for each individual or constituency within the information value chain."

About BladeRunner

Interleaf's BladeRunner is the first complete enterprise content management solution that harnesses the power of industry standards such as eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and Microsoft. Word to deliver the reusability and personalization benefits of structured information in content-critical business solutions. BladeRunner is a business-to-business system designed to enable organizations to improve the flow of information and facilitate business transactions throughout the distribution value chain that connects corporations with their customers, suppliers and distributors.

About Practitioners Publishing Company

Practitioners Publishing Company (PPC), founded and based in Fort Worth, Texas, is part of the RIA Group of companies of The Thomson Corporation (TTC). More information on PPC can be found on the World Wide Web at and; and more information on TTC can be found on the World Wide Web at

About Interleaf

Interleaf, Inc. provides enterprise-wide software solutions for content management and complex publishing. These solutions provide Fortune 1000 customers with a distinct competitive advantage by enabling them to deploy document-based applications that improve their operating efficiency and customer satisfaction, while driving revenue and profitability. Interleaf's software products make it easy for companies to assemble, manage, retrieve, distribute and publish business-critical information across the corporate enterprise and beyond. Interleaf is a public company listed on the NASDAQ National Market (NASDAQ:LEAF - news). Interleaf is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with offices around the world. Information about Interleaf's products is available from Interleaf Direct at 1-800-955-5323 or on the World Wide Web at

Interleaf. and BladeRunner are trademarks of Interleaf, Inc. Microsoft. Word is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.


Interleaf, Inc.
Steve Zamierowski
Tel: (781) 768-1315


Sterling Hager, Inc.
Shelly Lindgren-Outwater
Tel: (617) 926-6665

[See also the announcement on the Interleaf Web site.]

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