Content management vendor Interleaf has acquired a majority stake in Texcel, a provider of XML content management tools.
Interleaf's current flagship product, BladeRunner, will benefit from the integration of Texcel's flagship Information Manager, which will provide BladeRunner with an advanced Web-enabled desktop interface.
BladeRunner allows users to structure information, and then apply XML definitions to the data using Document Type Definitions (DTDs), which are the meta-data descriptions that allow for easy re-use of the information contained in the company. BladeRunner uses a DTD modelling tool that provides novice uses with an easy way of creating DTDs without prior knowledge of XML syntax.
Once DTDs have been defined, BladeRunner allows users to enter information using Microsoft Word. By creating a Word template that follows the previously established XML DTD, users are unknowingly writing their documents using XML.
BladeRunner then manages the information using an object-oriented content repository, and then uses eXtensible Style Sheet (XSL) rules to provide fixed templates for layout.
Texcel's flagship Information Manager is an XML and SGML-enabled repository that provides workflow, version management, queries, electronic review and dynamic document assembly for multi-user authoring and editing environments.
Information Manager can be used to create content-driven applications such as interactive electronic technical manuals and Web-based reference materials.
"The synergies between Interleaf and Texcel make this acquisition highly strategic, as we continue the aggressive implementation of our Econtent management strategy," said Jaime Ellertson, Interleaf's CEO. "The integration of Information Manager's advanced Web desktop environment will allow us to deliver stronger XML-based content management software earlier than planned."
The acquisition will also give Interleaf access to Texcel's customer base, which includes Ericsson, Lucent, Nokia, Lockheed Martin and the US Navy.
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