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   Re: [xml-dev] Arbortext bought

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On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 05:51:35PM -0400, Frank Richards wrote:
> By itself it doesn't sound like a big deal. But it says a lot about the 
> SGML/xml-doc world. A niche market company nobody ever heard of is 
> buying Arbortext to fill a gap in a kludged up product line that might 
> let them play Corel to AutoCAD's Microsoft. What makes it sting even 
> more is that XMetal was picked up by a web advertising company because 
> it was cheaper to buy XMetal than migrate to OpenOffice.

Before that, SoftQuad Author/Editor was bought by Interleaf,
and as far as I can tell never saw the light of day again.
And Synex AB (the developers behind SoftQuad Panorama) was bought
by InSo (who had bought EBT, and who were then bought by Enigma).

But industry these days is a fish-eat-fish world.

> We are not where it's at folks.
Or, we're in demand :-)

At any rate, best wishes to all the folks at Arbortext -- let's
hope it works out well for them!


Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/


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