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   RE: [xml-dev] Arbortext bought

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It is a market that is following the technical 
reality that XML is plumbing for the operating 
system frameworks that expose browsers as a 
dominant GUI metaphor.   Markup applications 
as standalone systems are increasingly sidelined 
given the shift from markup for documents to 
markup for messages.

From where I sit, these submergers look normal 
and predictable.  A pure markup play company 
strategy has become obsolete.   Why would anyone 
be surprised by that?  It's been obvious since 
XML was taken up by the Microsofts, Suns and 
Oracles of the industry.  Just as the browser 
was absorbed, so too are most of the other markup 
applications.  From the perspective of the aging 
CALS vets, a CAD company absorbing a markup 
system is not only reasonable, it is somewhat 
past date (that would have been exactly what 
should have happened in 1989 except the graphics 
vs markup wars with WYSIWYG spoilers were still on).

Second your wish that our colleagues at ArborText 
did well, are well, and are well off.


From: Liam Quin [mailto:liam@w3.org]

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!


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