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Alis, Verity To Offer Multilingual Search Retrieval

Alis Technologies reported it teamed up with Verity to offer powerful multilingual search and retrieval facilities for intranets and Web sites.

The new technology will unite Verity's indexing and search products with linguistic know-how from Alis Technologies.

"This partnership with Verity directly addresses the need for international companies to provide access to information across a growing span of languages," said Iain Drummond, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Alis Technologies.

"The addition of the Search Information Server nicely rounds out our Web solution by enabling people to gain full multilingual access to Web documents. By extending queries across different languages, one can obtain a much more complete set of qualified search results."

An important component of Alis Translation Solutions, the new application will allow users to enter a search query in their own language, search content in a different language, and obtain the results in their own language. The software automatically translates the original query string.

Ron Weissman, VP, Worldwide Marketing at Verity, noted: "Searching for information in collections maintained in different languages is a common requirement among multinationals. We believe that the combination of Alis Translation Solutions with our Verity Information Server will offer substantial additional value to our multinational customers."

With the fastest growing part of the Web population now residing outside the United States (according to International Data Corporation), multilingual facilities are becoming more important.

According to ICD, "We predict that in 1998, products and services that support translation of web content (e.g., from Alis Technologies, Transparent Language, Digital's AltaVista site and others) will become critical tools for the Web community."