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UWI.Com Releases First XML-Based Software for Complex Business Forms on the Web

NEW YORK, NY, Fall Internet World -- October 5, 1998 -- UWI.Com, a leader in the emerging category of Internet forms, today released InternetForms Viewer 4.0.4 Gold and InternetForms Designer 1.1.1 Gold, the first software to fully support Extensible Forms Description Language (XFDL).  XFDL is an open, XML-based protocol for creating, completing, and distributing complex business forms on the Internet that was authored by UWI.Com and Tim Bray, co-editor of the original XML specification. 

The company will be demonstrating the gold software at Fall Internet World in New York, Oct. 7 - 9, in booth #2759, and at the GartnerGroup ITXPO in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Oct. 12 - 16, in booth #3055.

The gold version of InternetForms Viewer 4.0.4 allows users to view, complete, and submit XML-based InternetForms from within current versions of either Netscape or Microsoft web browsers. The Viewer offers a full range of features, including internal logic and computations, enclosures, and context-sensitive help. InternetForms Designer 1.1.1 Gold allows users to create complex, web-based forms in an intuitive, drag-and-drop environment without having to learn either XFDL or XML syntax.

"XML-based protocols like XFDL are leading the way for organizations that want to maximize their investment in web-based systems," said David Yockelson, VP And Director of META Group.  "XFDL and supporting products will enable organizations to get an early jump and take advantage of the benefits of the XML standard."

XFDL is based on the public XML standard that was approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and has been submitted to the world standards bodies for consideration as the universal protocol for exchanging forms-based business information within Internet, intranet, and extranet environments. Because XFDL is based on an open standard, users of InternetForms will never be locked into a proprietary vendor format, and they can take advantage of other tools developed in support of XML.

Benefits of XFDL
XFDL and its supporting software were developed specifically to facilitate creation of the reliable, intelligent, persistent, and secure business forms that are required by today's Internet-based information systems. Forms are made up of questions (form template) and answers (input data). Without the questions, the answers are meaningless. However, because other web-based forms only transmit and store the answers, they cannot be part of a reliable audit trail. XFDL provides full security and auditability by storing the form template, data, and internal logic in a single file that can be authorized and secured with a digital signature.

"Commercial and government entities that will be dealing in higher-value, Internet-based electronic commerce transactions can benefit from the types of comprehensive electronic record management capabilities provided with UWI.Com's InternetForms package," according to a report prepared by Cohasset Associates, Inc., entitled "Electronic

Commerce Forms: Requirements, Issues, And Solutions."

About UWI.Com's InternetForms System
UWI.Com's InternetForms System is the first software package to implement the open XFDL protocol. The InternetForms System allows organizations to move their business forms to the Internet, saving them time and money by eliminating expensive paper-based steps such as pre-printing and warehousing. Industry experts estimate that forms account for over 80% of all business documents.  Moreover, it costs organizations $120 billion every year to process paper forms -- a cost that is reduced significantly with the InternetForms System.

About UWI.Com ( www.uwi.com)
UWI.Com is a pioneer and leader in the Internet forms software industry.  Unlike many publishers, UWI.Com bases their business forms solution on an open standard that is freely available to the public. Global 2000 and public sector clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, have deployed InternetForms. UWI.Com's partners include such companies as VeriSign, Datakey, Action Technologies, and Intelligent Environments. Interested parties may learn more about UWI.Com and its products through the company's website at http://www.uwi.com or by calling 1-888-517-2675.


NOTE: Trademarks: UWI.Com, The Internet Forms Company, and InternetForms System are trademarks of UWI Unisoft Wares Inc. All other products named herein are trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Contact:

Eric Jordan -- 1-888-517-2675


Smith Public Relations Inc./Los Angeles
Scott Robertson or Roya Mohseni -- 310-788-0456

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