ArborText Announces XML Styler

Paul Grosso paul at
Fri Jan 30 18:56:13 GMT 1998

ArborText Announces XML Styler

Leverages Extensible Style Language (XSL) Support in Microsoft Internet
Explorer 4.0

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (Jan. 27, 1998) - ArborText, the world's leading
provider of content creation and management software for Enterprise XML
applications, today announced the availability of XML Styler, a
stylesheet editor for the Extensible Markup Language (XML). Concurrent
with the announcement, ArborText and Microsoft Corporation will be
offering demonstrations of Extensible Style Language (XSL) support in
Internet Explorer 4.0 at the Web Tech Ed Conference in Palm Springs.
Additional demonstrations will be provided by ArborText at Internet
Showcase in San Diego immediately following Web Tech Ed.

	XSL is the style specification language being developed in conjunction
with the XML initiative. In September, a proposal for the XSL
specification was submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) by
ArborText, Inso and Microsoft. 

	ArborText's XML Styler is a tool for creating and modifying XSL
stylesheets that offers a graphical user interface designed to enable
Web content providers to work with XSL stylesheets without requiring
understanding of the many syntactic and structural details of XSL.

	Extensible Style Language allows for the seamless Web presentation of
documents based on XML and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), telling a
Web browser how to present media-independent information through a
separation of form and content. 

	"XML Styler is a major breakthrough for XML to deliver on its vast
application potential," said Jim Sterken, president, CEO and founder of
ArborText. "There are literally millions of existing documents that can
be translated on-the-fly into XML, and our demonstrations with Internet
Explorer 4.0 show that browser support for XML stylesheets is not just
'proof-of-concept' -  it is real."

	XML Styler streamlines the process of developing and altering these
stylesheets. To achieve maximum portability, XML Styler is based on Java
code and runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT. XML Styler is immediately
available for free download from the ArborText Web site

	"XML offers content publishers and application developers the potential
to deliver data in new and exciting ways," comments Mary Laplante,
director in the Document Software Strategies Group at CAP Ventures Inc.,
the strategic consulting and research firm that tracks document
technologies markets. "The application floodgates will open when the
browser vendors deliver robust support for XML later this year,
generating demand for XML tools. With products like XML Styler,
ArborText is ready to meet that demand. The company is clearly staking a
claim on a leadership position in the market for XML-aware software."

	"We are proud of our efforts along with ArborText and Microsoft in
developing the XSL specification," said Sharon Adler, senior product
manager, Inso Corporation, and a catalyst of the XSL initiative. "A
standard stylesheet language is crucial to enable sophisticated XML
documents to be effectively processed and displayed by XML-compliant
browsers such as IE 4. In addition, products that make it easy to work
with XML and XSL, such as XML Styler and Inso's DynaTag, are important
new developments that will ensure widespread adoption of these important
pending standards."

	Tod Nielsen, general manager of developer relations at Microsoft, said,
"XML and XSL will be significant Internet technologies for 1998. We are
excited that our work with ArborText has yielded demonstrable support
for XSL in Internet Explorer 4.0."

About the ADEPT Software Series
	ArborText's ADEPT family of adaptable standards-based software allows
users to create and maintain textual and graphic information as reusable
elements independent of formatting, media, and computer software or
hardware.  Reusable document elements make document preparation and
publication more efficient and effective in a wide variety of
applications ranging from technical publications to web site management.

	The ADEPT family's authoring, editing and publishing software is
tightly integrated with third party document management software to
enable high performance, enterprise-wide knowledge processing solutions.

About ArborText
	Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ArborText develops and supports software
that makes the process of capturing and delivering knowledge more
effective. Global 5,000 organizations use the company's products to
author, catalog, and reuse information stored in document databases.

	In production use since 1991, ArborText software is the keystone of
high-volume document assembly systems at companies such as Boeing,
Digital Equipment Corporation, Ford, Grolier's Encyclopedia, Lockheed
Martin, National Semiconductor, and Sun Microsystems. 

	For more information about ArborText's products, consulting services
and training programs, contact ArborText at +1 313.997.0200, send e-mail
to info at, or visit the ArborText Web site located at

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