making it easy for users to create and manage XML content
LONDON, 31 May 2001 - Tridion, a leading European provider of XML-based web content
management software, today announced the integration of Tridion DialogServer with SoftQuad
XMetaL. The integrated solution, which is available immediately, provides organisations with
an easy-to-deploy solution for creating, storing, publishing and managing XML content.
XML has become the industry standard for information storage and exchange, allowing
organisations to rapidly and easily re-purpose and re-use valuable content to a variety of
different media. Tridion DialogServer is an XML-based web content management platform, and
SoftQuad XMetaL enables any employee throughout an organisation to easily create XML content
directly, eliminating document conversion delays.
"XMetaL is the leading XML authoring environment and the integration with Tridion's
DialogServer provides an ideal platform for XML-based content management," says Nick
Mongston, Managing Director, SoftQuad Europe. "XML content created with XMetaL and checked
into DialogServer's content repository provides advanced functionality for XML content
versioning, rollback and workflow."
The partnership between Tridion and SoftQuad underscores the two company's ongoing commitment
to customer success by combining their respective best-of-breed XML-based software to provide
customers a more complete, future-proof enterprise solution.
Jouk Pleiter, president, Tridion comments, "Tridion's XML-based web content management
software is further enhanced by XMetaL. XMetaL can be easily customised to allow staff at
all levels to write, review and submit XML documents without having technical knowledge.
This means that content can be created and updated in a far more efficient manner, and
eliminates the need to 're-work' information already created in other formats."
Built on non-proprietary and component-based architecture, Tridion DialogServer makes
extensive use of open Internet standards, such as XML, COM+ and Java. These open standards
enable enterprises to publish, maintain and update their web content efficiently, providing
customers with a tool for the uniform exchange of information across a host of multilingual
websites and installations. For Tridion, this integration is part of its product development
strategy to partner with premier complementary XML-focused software vendors. By integrating
seamlessly with a host of other enterprise software applications, Tridion DialogServer
provides customers with a complete end-to-end e-business solution, delivering projects on
time and on budget.
SoftQuad XMetaL is an advanced, yet easy-to-use content creation solution that brings the
benefits of XML to an enterprise by enabling any person in the organisation to easily create
XML content directly, eliminating document conversion costs. XMetaL is easily customised;
allowing developers to quickly create editing environments suitable for all users and it can
be seamlessly integrated into any e-business application.
Tridion is a leading European provider of advanced XML-based Web Content Management software.
Its core product, Tridion DialogServer, enables enterprises to update, manage and re-use
their content across multiple websites, channels and business applications in a consistent
and cost-effective manner.
Many well-known organisations use Tridion DialogServer as the basis of their Internet
activities. These include Akzo Nobel, AXA, Blackwell Publishers, Carrefour, GE Access, ING
Real Estate, Intergamma, KLM, Open University, Scania, Smurfit Communications and Wolters
Kluwer. Tridion is headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in Barcelona, Brussels, London,
Munich, Paris, and Stockholm. For more information, visit http://www.tridion.com.
About SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
SoftQuad Software, Ltd. (OTC BB: SXML) is an internationally recognized developer of
XML-enabling technologies and commerce solutions for e-business. A founding member of the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards (OASIS) and XML.org, SoftQuad has been instrumental in shaping and
developing both the standards and technologies that are changing the way companies exchange
information and do business over the Web.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Seattle and San Francisco, and
European operations based in London, United Kingdom, SoftQuad was first to market with an
advanced, yet easy-to-use XML content creation solution, XMetaL. It has already become the
premier enabling technology for XML-based content applications in electronic publishing,
e-commerce and knowledge management. SoftQuad is targeting the growing business-to-business
(B2B) marketplace with MarketAgility Enterprise and MarketAgility Express, supply-side
catalogue content solutions that allow companies to effectively join and compete in B2B
Awards: XMetaL won the PC Magazine (UK) ``Technical Innovation Award'' for ``Best Development
Tool'' in November 2000; the Web Techniques 1999 ``Web Authoring Tool of the Year'' Award;
was an Internet Week ``Best of the Best,'' winning the ``Most Innovative'' category; and is
an XML Journal ``World Class'' recommendation for 2000. For more information, visit
SoftQuad's Web site at http://www.softquad.com.
SoftQuad and XMetaL are registered trademarks of SoftQuad Software, Ltd. MarketAgility is a
trademark of SoftQuad Software, Ltd. All other products or company names mentioned are used
for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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SoftQuad is an early-stage growth company that operates in a highly competitive and rapidly
changing environment, and its business results are dependent on numerous factors, including
demand for its products and services, especially its newly introduced MarketAgility product,
growth in the market for XML products, its ability to manage costs, generate revenues and
become profitable, the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business
combinations, the transition from its past reliance on revenues from its HoTMetaL
(HTML-based) product to its XML-based products, its ability to meet its future capital
requirements, technological developments, competition from other companies that may have
longer operating histories or greater financial resources, protection of its intellectual
property rights, its ability to attract and retain key personnel, the resolution of issues
concerning commercial activities via the Internet, including security, reliability, cost,
ease of use and access, government regulation, risks related to international sales and
potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, political, business and social conditions
in the geographic areas in which it operates and in which its products are sold and other
risks detailed from time to time in periodic reports filed by SoftQuad with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities. SoftQuad's actual
results could differ materially from management's expectations because of such factors.
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