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XML in Action : Page 5

You know who they are—they're the people and toomakers that the rest of us look to when we're trying to figure out a new technology. They are the innovators.


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"We think XML will become a universal medium of information exchange for almost any type of data, whether it's document information or database information."



If you come from the SGML world you're probably quite familiar with ArborText; it's been in the structured document market for years. Companies like Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford, Grolier Encyclopedia, and Sun Microsystems use this company's structured editors to apply SGML tags. Now they are moving into the XML world as well. In December 1998 we talked with PG Bartlett, ArborTexts' VP of Product Marketing.

Q: When did your company make the move from SGML to XML?

We released our support for XML in December, 1997, when we started shipping ADEPT 7. ADEPT 8, the current release, supports both XML and SGML in a native way.

Q: Who are you trying to reach and what role do you see for web designers/developers?

Our target audience is medium and large companies and organizations. Our target users include anyone engaged in formal documentation processes, whether the output is technical manuals, reference books, functional requirements, design specifications, product catalogs, part lists or legal contracts.

Although we're not aiming at Web publishers, we do have customers whose only target medium is the Web. What distinguishes our customers from other Web publishers is that ours have formal, defined processes that pump through large amounts of information.

Q: What type of support and products do you feel are necessary for implementing XML in the real world?

We're looking forward to the planned improvements in editing tools, content/document management systems and browsers, but there's no need to wait--you can get started (with XML) today.

Q: What is the future of XML?

We think XML will become a universal medium of information exchange for almost any type of data, whether it's document information or database information. We also think that XML will play a key role in the burgeoning knowledge management market, since it has the unique capability to capture formerly implicit information in an explicit way.





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