I'm addressing this as part of my project also, fortunately I have a
little longer to work it. You may want to look at eBusiness
Technology's Engenda, nCompass Labs' Resolution (MS Windows only
solution), percussion Software's Rhythmix, worldweb.net's expressroom
i/o, and the list goes on. Most of these solutions are "web-based" and
are more "out of the box" then some of the 'best of breed' approaches
that rely on separate authoring, content managment layer, database,
publishing, work flow.. products.
Looking forward to learning more from your request and work.
Jerry Muelver wrote:
> Timothy W. Croy <[log in to unmask]>
> said on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 8:03 AM
> > Jerry,
> > I'm not certain what you mean exactly by XML-based office suite, but on
> > the doc creation/editing side there are a few xml editors available and
> > more being developed. The two, mainstream xml editors, IMHO, are
> > Arbortext's Epic Editor and Softquad's XMetaL. The Arbortext product
> > appears to be a little more robust and provides additional Epic product
> > suite tools to assist in tailoring and developing your authoring tool
> > interface and data model. Arbortext also offers training at their
> > location on their products and how to use them to establish a structured
> > authoring and publishing environment. By publishing, I mean Arbortext
> > provides products to help assemble dynamic xml documents for delivery
> > through various channels (print, cd, web, wireless). Softquad's product
> > is also a very nice tool and is continually improving. Softquad, I
> > believe, is focussed mainly on the authoring tool and not on content
> > delivery. And, there are many other tools.
> I've got XMetal, just got upgraded to version 2, and I'm getting up to speed
> on it. With the configurable interface, it may be the way to go. I just
> don't want to have to retrain the staff, or train the occasional
> contributors at all, if I don't have to.
> > When you say XML-based office suite, I wasn't sure if you were
> > interested in also heading down the content management 'road' and
> > portal delivery pieces of this office suite. Those goals brings in to
> > play many other systems integration issues that the market is now
> > beginning to address. Be interested to learn what you find out.
> That's the road I'm heading down. The client wants to put the business "on
> the web" for team communication and collaboration, and sees web-centric
> technology as the way to standardize formats and channel goals. I've got
> about 45 days to figure out how to do it.
> ---- jerry