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Interwoven Bags New XML Transformation Technology

Content infrastructure provider Interwoven Inc. Tuesday tapped Liquent for its rendering technology.

Financial terms of the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) agreement were not made public. Interwoven, which competes with such software vendors as Vignette Corp. and Intranet Solutions Inc. to help data flow via the Web more smoothly, plans to use Liquent's Xtent suite for its future products and services.

As a data transformation technology, Xtent, when bundled with Interwoven's XML (a premier form of middleware, XML is a flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data products offerings) will allow individuals working within an organization to transform legacy file format content and contribute structured data into dynamic content environments, such as the Web or a company's intranet, without having to manually convert the content into HTML or a similar language.

Xtent enables organizations to extract structured and unstructured content from legacy document management repositories and hundreds of source formats for storage and management in Interwoven's XML content management products, such as TeamXML. Xtent automatically creates representations, or "renditions," of content in an XML schema that retains the quality and context of the original source information. Transformation to this schema, which leverages W3C standards, permits the content to be combined, converted and distributed in a variety of popular output formats, including WML, XML, HTML, XHTML, SVG, PDF, OEB and MS Word.

In terms of specific product lines, Jeff Sager, Liquent's vice president of content technologies, said Xtent lends support to such popular file formats as Microsoft Office XP, Corel WordPerfect Office 2002 and Lotus SmartSuite Millennium Edition 9.6.

"Making information available to customers, partners and employees in a timely fashion is a challenge facing an increasing number of businesses," said Kevin Cochrane, Interwoven's vice president of product management. "Xtent provides Interwoven with a competitive advantage to meet this growing need in the content infrastructure marketplace."

Fully automated, Liquent's Xtent will integrate with Interwoven's TeamSite, TeamXML, TeamCatalog and MetaTagger product lines to ensure high-fidelity XML transformations of file formats for management, storage and intelligent tagging and reuse of content across applications.