It will soon be possible to store updatable XML (Extensible Modular Language) documents on CD-ROM when Interleaf delivers on its promised BladeRunner product.
Due to ship at the beginning of next year, this content delivery tool will allow greater flexibility for the documents stored on a CD-ROM because the information contained on the disc can be automatically supplemented by linking to incremental Web updates. At this point, Interleaf is unable to disclose the technology on which BladeRunner is based or state the specifications required for the end-user's desktop PC but the company did reveal the product would additionally support HTML, PDF and ASCII formats.
BladeRunner is designed to offer a way of delivering large documents to users who find bandwidth constraints limit access over corporate intranets.
Currently, a user can download documents over the network and add to the traffic passing across the LAN, or use a CD-ROM to supply the bulk of the documents and actively search for updates across the network. With BladeRunner, once a CD-ROM has been created, information can be kept up to date by linking to extra information contained on an intranet, extranet or over the Internet in a way that is transparent to the end user.
The announcement comes as Interleaf launches Panorama CDWeb Publisher, a similar system to BladeRunner that publishes SGML files onto CD-ROM.
Panorama CDWeb Publisher starts at #3,800 for the Integrator module with an additional licensing charge of #22.50 for the first 1,000 CDs.
Jaime Ellertson, Interleaf's CEO, said both BladeRunner and Panorama could save corporate publishers money. "By integrating CD-based content with dynamic Web updates, we are able to save corporate publishers the time and expense of frequent CD distribution, while ensuring remote and mobile workers are equipped with the most current information."
Motorola's Semiconductor Components Group is currently trialling a pre-release version of BladeRunner.
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