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   Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] X2X - XLink Engine

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  • From: Bryan Thompson <bryan@cog-tech.com>
  • To: "Graham Moore" <gdm@stepuk.com>, <xml-dev@xml.org>, <topicmapmail@infoloom.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 08:59:45 -0500


I don't see mention of WebDAV (emerging standard for Distributed
Authoring and Versioning) compatibility.  Does X2X only provide third party
linking without providing for a document database as well?  Are there plans for
a WebDAV interface?


-bryan thompson

On Thu, 17 Feb 2000, Graham Moore wrote:
> X2X, the XLink Engine, evaluation version available at http://www.stepuk.com
> STEP UK launches X2X, "The link management of the future"
> 14/02/2000
> STEP UK Ltd. announces the launch today of X2X the XML XLink engine. X2X
> allows for the creation, management and manipulation of link information.
> X2X allows linking between documents and information resources without
> needing to change either of the 'source' or 'target' documents that are
> being linked. X2X removes the requirement to insert link information inside
> document content. The Links are NOT stored in the document.
> Seybold Bulletin (Vol 5 N0. 11 December 15, 1999) identifies X2X as a
> glimpse of the link management of the future and describes that future as:
> "X2X is the kind of application that is needed to usher in a brand-new type
> of Web resource - - the overlay or personal view of third-party resources.
> Such overlays let you create custom views of resources at other sites - -
> overlays that will be useful in a wide range of Web applications from
> education to commercial reference publishing."
> Clearly, that future is here today, with the Web as only one of the numerous
> sources of information that can be accessed and managed in this way.
> X2X has an extensible architecture to allow resources to reside in any data
> repository. X2X stores links independently of any documents and provides
> facilities to dynamically insert external link structures into documents on
> demand. X2X stores all the link information within an ODBC/ JDBC enabled
> database, e.g. Oracle or SQL Server. X2X is developed in Java for cross
> platform operation. X2X is implemented using fundamental linking concepts
> and understands links defined using Xlink and Xpath.
> X2X is currently supported on Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 and Red Hat Linux
> 6.0. Support for Sun Solaris and Hewlett Packard UX will soon follow.
> This release follows completion of a successful international beta test
> program spanning more the 26 countries. The Company is currently in
> discussion with a number of major software vendors for incorporation of X2X
> within their product portfolios.  Arbortext were one of the first vendors to
> identify how it would add value to their Adept and Epic product range.
> STEP UK Ltd. provides structured information services to their customers
> based on SGML/XML technologies. Specializing in information re-engineering,
> STEP UK Ltd. services include systems integration, consultancy, training and
> supplying 'best of breed' third party products. Drawing on over 100 man
> years experience in SGML/XML, STEP UK Ltd. are able to provide systems and
> products that are tailored to meet the exact needs of its customers.
> Recently described in the Gilbane Report as "a centre of excellence for
> SGML/XML", STEP UK Ltd. offer a 'one stop shop' for customers' requirements,
> whether it be customized product training, web delivery system development
> or large-scale document management solutions.
> Contact information
> Email: info@stepuk.com
> Web: www.stepuk.com
> Tel: +44 (0)1793 485465

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