SoftQuad Software Releases XMetaL 2.1 With Support for Unicode

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from SoftQuad Software, Ltd.

    TORONTO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   SXML), an internationally recognized developer of
 XML-enabling technologies and e-commerce solutions, today announced the
 availability of SoftQuad XMetaL 2.1, which adds transparent Unicode-conformant
 editing and display capabilities to the award-winning XML content creation
 solution. With Unicode support, companies can now develop XMetaL authoring
 applications that allow users to easily create XML content in any
 left-to-right language. In addition, those with multilingual content
 requirements can now share XML documents internationally, ensuring the
 accuracy of the information exchanged between systems using different
 languages, such as German, Russian and Japanese.
     "Unicode is an international standard that has been adopted by industry
 leaders, such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle," said Roberto Drassinower,
 CEO of SoftQuad. "SoftQuad's implementation of Unicode underscores our
 commitment to global e-business, providing the functionality required by our
 multinational customers for enterprise-wide deployments. This release
 substantially increases new market opportunities for XMetaL around the world."
     SoftQuad XMetaL is an advanced content creation platform that enables
 developers to quickly design intuitive interfaces that allow any person within
 an organization to create and work with XML content directly, thus eliminating
 the cost associated with document conversion. XMetaL can be seamlessly
 integrated into content management and other e-business applications.
 
     XMetaL 2.1 provides the following Unicode support and features:
 
     -- Transparent Unicode-conformant display and editing behaviors,
     -- UTF-8 and UTF-16 encoding in conformance with Unicode 3.0 for all
        left-to-right languages,
     -- Unicode support in both the main document window and in the
        customizable interface elements -- menu items, toolbar names,
        etc. -- as well as the macro script editing interface.
 
     System Requirements
     XMetaL 2.1 with Unicode support requires Windows NT 4.0
 (with Service Pack 6) or Windows 2000. XMetaL 2.1 is also available for
 Windows 95/98/ME, but does not include Unicode support.
 
     Price and Availability
     XMetaL 2.1 is available now for $495.00 (U.S.) per single user license.
 Registered owners of XMetaL 2.0 can upgrade to XMetaL 2.1 free of charge via
 Web download. The product is sold directly and through VARs and OEMs. Volume
 discounts, site licenses, partner programs and on-site training are all
 available.
 
     About SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
     SoftQuad Software, Ltd. is an internationally recognized developer of
 XML-enabling technologies and commerce solutions for e-business. A founding
 member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the
 Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and XML.org, SoftQuad
 has been instrumental in shaping and developing both the standards and
 technologies that are changing the way companies exchange information and do
 business over the Web.
     Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Seattle and
 San Francisco, and European operations based in London, United Kingdom,
 SoftQuad was first to market with an advanced, yet easy-to-use XML content
 creation solution, XMetaL. It has become the premier enabling technology for
 XML-based content applications in electronic publishing, e-commerce and
 knowledge management. SoftQuad is targeting the growing business-to-business
 (B2B) marketplace with MarketAgility Enterprise and MarketAgility Express,
 supply-side catalog content solutions that allow companies to effectively join
 and compete in B2B e-markets.
     Awards:  XMetaL won the XML Journal 2001 Readers' Choice Awards for
 "Best Content Management Tool" and "Best XML Application," the PC Magazine
 (UK) "Technical Innovation Award" for "Best Development Tool" in November
 2000; the Web Techniques 1999 "Web Authoring Tool of the Year" Award; was an
 Internet Week "Best of the Best," winning the "Most Innovative" category; and
 is an XML Journal "World Class" recommendation for 2000.
     For more information, visit SoftQuad's Web site at
 http://www.softquad.com .
 
     NOTE:  SoftQuad and XMetaL are registered trademarks of SoftQuad Software,
 Ltd. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification
 purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
 meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as
 "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "will," "should," "projects,"
 "intends," "plans," "believes" and words and terms of similar substance used
 in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance
 identify such forward-looking statements. Those forward-looking statements are
 management's present expectations of future events. As with any projection or
 forecast, they are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in
 circumstances, and SoftQuad is under no obligation to
 (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its
 forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new
 information, future events or otherwise.
     SoftQuad is an early-stage growth company that operates in a highly
 competitive and rapidly changing environment, and its business results are
 dependent on numerous factors, including demand for its products and services,
 especially its newly introduced MarketAgility product, growth in the market
 for XML products, its ability to manage costs, generate revenues and become
 profitable, the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other
 business combinations, the transition from its past reliance on revenues from
 its HoTMetaL (HTML-based) product to its XML-based products, its ability to
 meet its future capital requirements, technological developments, competition
 from other companies that may have longer operating histories or greater
 financial resources, protection of its intellectual property rights, its
 ability to attract and retain key personnel, the resolution of issues
 concerning commercial activities via the Internet, including security,
 reliability, cost, ease-of-use and access, government regulation, risks
 related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange
 fluctuations, political, business and social conditions in the geographic
 areas in which it operates and in which its products are sold, and other risks
 detailed from time to time in periodic reports filed by SoftQuad with the U.S.
 Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities.
 SoftQuad's actual results could differ materially from management's
 expectations because of such factors.
 
 

SOURCE SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
    TORONTO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   SXML), an internationally recognized developer of
 XML-enabling technologies and e-commerce solutions, today announced the
 availability of SoftQuad XMetaL 2.1, which adds transparent Unicode-conformant
 editing and display capabilities to the award-winning XML content creation
 solution. With Unicode support, companies can now develop XMetaL authoring
 applications that allow users to easily create XML content in any
 left-to-right language. In addition, those with multilingual content
 requirements can now share XML documents internationally, ensuring the
 accuracy of the information exchanged between systems using different
 languages, such as German, Russian and Japanese.
     "Unicode is an international standard that has been adopted by industry
 leaders, such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle," said Roberto Drassinower,
 CEO of SoftQuad. "SoftQuad's implementation of Unicode underscores our
 commitment to global e-business, providing the functionality required by our
 multinational customers for enterprise-wide deployments. This release
 substantially increases new market opportunities for XMetaL around the world."
     SoftQuad XMetaL is an advanced content creation platform that enables
 developers to quickly design intuitive interfaces that allow any person within
 an organization to create and work with XML content directly, thus eliminating
 the cost associated with document conversion. XMetaL can be seamlessly
 integrated into content management and other e-business applications.
 
     XMetaL 2.1 provides the following Unicode support and features:
 
     -- Transparent Unicode-conformant display and editing behaviors,
     -- UTF-8 and UTF-16 encoding in conformance with Unicode 3.0 for all
        left-to-right languages,
     -- Unicode support in both the main document window and in the
        customizable interface elements -- menu items, toolbar names,
        etc. -- as well as the macro script editing interface.
 
     System Requirements
     XMetaL 2.1 with Unicode support requires Windows NT 4.0
 (with Service Pack 6) or Windows 2000. XMetaL 2.1 is also available for
 Windows 95/98/ME, but does not include Unicode support.
 
     Price and Availability
     XMetaL 2.1 is available now for $495.00 (U.S.) per single user license.
 Registered owners of XMetaL 2.0 can upgrade to XMetaL 2.1 free of charge via
 Web download. The product is sold directly and through VARs and OEMs. Volume
 discounts, site licenses, partner programs and on-site training are all
 available.
 
     About SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
     SoftQuad Software, Ltd. is an internationally recognized developer of
 XML-enabling technologies and commerce solutions for e-business. A founding
 member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the
 Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and XML.org, SoftQuad
 has been instrumental in shaping and developing both the standards and
 technologies that are changing the way companies exchange information and do
 business over the Web.
     Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Seattle and
 San Francisco, and European operations based in London, United Kingdom,
 SoftQuad was first to market with an advanced, yet easy-to-use XML content
 creation solution, XMetaL. It has become the premier enabling technology for
 XML-based content applications in electronic publishing, e-commerce and
 knowledge management. SoftQuad is targeting the growing business-to-business
 (B2B) marketplace with MarketAgility Enterprise and MarketAgility Express,
 supply-side catalog content solutions that allow companies to effectively join
 and compete in B2B e-markets.
     Awards:  XMetaL won the XML Journal 2001 Readers' Choice Awards for
 "Best Content Management Tool" and "Best XML Application," the PC Magazine
 (UK) "Technical Innovation Award" for "Best Development Tool" in November
 2000; the Web Techniques 1999 "Web Authoring Tool of the Year" Award; was an
 Internet Week "Best of the Best," winning the "Most Innovative" category; and
 is an XML Journal "World Class" recommendation for 2000.
     For more information, visit SoftQuad's Web site at
 http://www.softquad.com .
 
     NOTE:  SoftQuad and XMetaL are registered trademarks of SoftQuad Software,
 Ltd. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification
 purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
 meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as
 "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "will," "should," "projects,"
 "intends," "plans," "believes" and words and terms of similar substance used
 in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance
 identify such forward-looking statements. Those forward-looking statements are
 management's present expectations of future events. As with any projection or
 forecast, they are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in
 circumstances, and SoftQuad is under no obligation to
 (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its
 forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new
 information, future events or otherwise.
     SoftQuad is an early-stage growth company that operates in a highly
 competitive and rapidly changing environment, and its business results are
 dependent on numerous factors, including demand for its products and services,
 especially its newly introduced MarketAgility product, growth in the market
 for XML products, its ability to manage costs, generate revenues and become
 profitable, the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other
 business combinations, the transition from its past reliance on revenues from
 its HoTMetaL (HTML-based) product to its XML-based products, its ability to
 meet its future capital requirements, technological developments, competition
 from other companies that may have longer operating histories or greater
 financial resources, protection of its intellectual property rights, its
 ability to attract and retain key personnel, the resolution of issues
 concerning commercial activities via the Internet, including security,
 reliability, cost, ease-of-use and access, government regulation, risks
 related to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange
 fluctuations, political, business and social conditions in the geographic
 areas in which it operates and in which its products are sold, and other risks
 detailed from time to time in periodic reports filed by SoftQuad with the U.S.
 Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities.
 SoftQuad's actual results could differ materially from management's
 expectations because of such factors.
 
 SOURCE  SoftQuad Software, Ltd.