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SoftQuad, Vignette Create Integrated XML Content Solution

Softquad Ltd. and Vignette Corp. this week announced that they have partnered to create a comprehensive platform for implementing and deploying XML-based content solutions for e-businesses.

By using a combination of SoftQuad's XMetaL, an XML content creation platform, and Vignette's V/5 eBusiness Platform, businesses are able to leverage the use of XML technology. XML is becoming the preferred format for e-commerce information interchange, and the two companies believe that the partnership will lead to the "seamless deployment of Web-based solutions that capture content from a wide variety of sources, and integrate it with both internal and external systems."

SoftQuad Software is now an official Vignette Technology Partner, and will soon become a Vignette V2B Services partner. Vignette V2B Services are designed to streamline the process of purchasing, implementing, and utilizing e-business applications. The V2B Services are provided through the use of the Vignette V2B MarketPlace and Vignette V2B Communities.

SoftQuad Software's XMetaL 1.2 is billed as an "advanced, yet easy-to-use XML authoring solution" that was created to streamline the process of content creation. The Vignette V/5 eBusiness Platform provides native support for XML content, enabling the seamless integration of the two products that provide e-businesses with the ability to efficiently create and work with XML documents. This enables the delivery of personalized content, attracting customers and building e-relationships in a quick, efficient manner.

XMetaL features a word processor-like interface, enabling the non-programmers within an organization to quickly create content directly in XML, as well as convert documents into XML from other formats, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Additionally, XML content can be retrieved and submitted to Vignette's Web-based workflow management interface.