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Dr. Michael Kay Joins Software AG and World Wide Web Consortium's XSLT team

Bracknell, UK January 25, 2001 - Respected XML expert Dr. Michael Howard Kay will assume responsibility for the implementation and use of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) - rules that describe how to analyse and convert the structure of an XML document - at Software AG on February 1, 2001. This date also marks the beginning of Dr. Kay’s work in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for Software AG where, as a member of the XSLT committee, he will dedicate himself to the standardisation of XSLT technology.

Other Software AG representatives in the W3C are Jonathan Robie, Michael Champion and Mick Goulish. Through this participation in the renowned organisation, Software AG is able to channel its XML expertise directly into the W3C as well as gain early insight into the development of standards that can be integrated into its products.

Through Dr. Kay’s successful work in a number of XML projects, particularly the publication of his book, XSLT Programmer’s Reference, he has established himself as one of the world’s prominent XML gurus.

In the last two years, Kay has concentrated his efforts on XML technology and has earned an international reputation as an authority on XSLT. In the XML world, Kay is known as the developer of the SAXON open-source XSLT processor, and is now working on XSL Transformations Extensions Functions (XSLTX) Version 1.1.

After obtaining his degree in computer science, Dr. Kay began specialising in the field of technology for information management. He worked for ICL, Fujitsu’s
London-based subsidiary, for more than 20 years, where his activities included research, systems architecture and strategic consulting.

About Software AG

Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is Europe’s largest system software provider and a major global player offering cutting edge technology for data management and electronic business. Since 1998 the company has focused its development activities on XML products for the Internet. With more than 2,700 employees and representatives in 60 countries, Software AG achieved sales revenue of Euro 366 million in 1999. Its distribution and technology partners include market leaders such as IBM, Microsoft and SCO as well as innovative IT solutions providers like Extensibility, Softquad and Instranet. Software AG’s products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide. Some examples of these are Lufthansa, British Sky Broadcasting, ZDF, Dresdner Bank AG, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Rail), BP and VIAG Interkom. Software AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDAX, Security identification number 724260 / SOWG.F). Software AG’s UK offices are located in Bracknell and Derby.

For more information on Software AG, please contact:

Software AG

Julia Davis

Marketing Manager

Tel: 01344 403 800

MCC International

Paul Wooding

Tel: +44 (0)1962 888109

Fax: +44 (0)1962 888125


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