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XML comes of age at Internet World

April 16, 1999
Web posted at: 6:02 p.m. EDT (2202 GMT)

by Jeff Walsh


(IDG) -- LOS ANGELES -- The Extensible Markup Language (XML) found its way into actual products and not just vendor hype here Wednesday at Spring Internet World.

Announcements featuring XML came from Interleaf, RightDoc, General Magic, Sqribe Technologies, IPNet Solutions, and Blue World Communications.

  • Interleaf demonstrated Composer/Styler, a graphical tool that authors XML using the Extensible Stylesheet Language. The tool is part of the company's forthcoming BladeRunner product suite, which is expected to ship in June. The product can format the same XML data to different output types, depending on the style sheet applied.

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  • RightDoc is now delivering RightDoc 2.0, a business document writer that uses XML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as its file formats, and can output HTML, Portable Document Format, and PostScript formats. The product can also use a Query Designer to integrate more intelligent data into documents using ODBC, which will enable live business data to be imported directly into a document. Priced at $299, the product runs on all 32-bit Windows platforms.

  • General Magic is using XML as part of its new voice agent technology, code-named Kenya. The technology uses XML to store the user parameters for the agents. The agents can call end-users to alert them to information of importance to them on the Web. For example, Kenya can call a user who has been outbid on an auction site. Kenya will be added to the Portico virtual assistant service later this year.

  • Sqribe Technologies announced that its ReportMart Enterprise Information Portal will use XML to integrate third-party applications and date sources into enterprise portals. The first product to use this format is Sqribe's RM/QuickConnect for PeopleSoft, now shipping, which enables a single point of access for PeopleSoft reports and other information.

  • IPNet Solutions is using XML in its IPNet.Suite 3.0 enterprise electronic-commerce products. The suite features XML data import and export capabilities; translation between XML and other business formats; support for leading Document Type Definitions; and automatic XML-to-HTML translation.

  • Finally, Blue World Communications added XML support to Lasso 3.5 Web Data Engine, which builds database-driven Web applications. Lasso tags can be coded using XML syntax with the new release, which just began shipping and is priced starting at $299.

Jeff Walsh ( is an InfoWorld senior writer.

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