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(August 9, 2002) - W3C's HTML Working Group has released an initial public working draft specification for 'XFrames'. XFrames is an XML application which "addresses the usability, search, and security problems associated with HTML frames." The specification "defines a separate XML application (not a part of XHTML per se) that allows functionality similar to HTML Frames, but with fewer usability problems, principally by making the content of the frameset visible in its URI. The frames element forms the container for the composed document. The individual sub-documents ('frames') may be composed together in a rectangular space by placing them next to, or above, each other in rows and columns, or they may be displayed as separate movable window-like panes, or as tabbed panes, or in any other suitable manner. The collection of frames in an XFrames document is referred to... (more)

New Company, Swingtide, Launched to Manage XML Complexity

(September 10, 2002) - Three veteran entrepreneurs have launched Swingtide, a new software company whose aim is to protect, measure, and maximize companies' Quality of Business amid the proliferation of XML. Swingtide was founded by three veteran software entrepreneurs, one a former CTO of one of the nation's largest insurers. The company has raised $4 million in first-round financing from Pequot Ventures, the investment arm of Pequot Capital Management; and private investors. Cofounders Jack Serfass and David Sweet were founders of Bowstreet. Cofounder David Wroe was previously ... (more)

SandCherry AppRun VXML Delivers VXML 2.0 Support with Multi-Vendor Capability

(June 18, 2003) - SandCherry has released its AppRun VXML, an open, VoiceXML (VXML) 2.0 standard-based browser which can easily integrate with speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) elements from leading speech vendors. At only $80 per port, AppRun VXML offers enterprises and service providers an inexpensive component for realizing the benefits of VXML-based solutions without compromising performance or reliability. AppRun VXML ensures VXML service delivery on standard servers in conjunction with SandCherry's SoftServer software platform and existing Web and application serv... (more)

Microsoft Staffer Blazes Open-Source Trail with WiX

In a first for the industry behemoth, Microsoft has donated its Windows Installer XML (WiX) to SourceForge.net, the open source developer network. WiX is a toolset that uses XML code to build Windows installation packages. The toolset supports a command line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM setup packages. It includes a compiler, a lib tool, a linker and a decompiler. According to a blog posting by Microsoft employee Rob Mensching, "The WiX toolset and all of its source code has been released so that you can build Windows I... (more)

i-Technology & Katrina: Fighting Unstructured Data via the Katrina PeopleFinder Project

'After Katrina many friends and family members have been separated and left with no clear way to find each other,' notes Rebecca McKinnon. 'Hundreds of internet web sites are gathering hundreds, and probably thousands, of entries about missing persons or persons who want to let others know they?re okay. The problem is: the data on these sites has no particular form or structure.' So it's almost impossible for people to search or match things up," McKinnon continues. "Plus there are dozens of sites - making it hard for a person seeking lost loved ones to search them all." Thus was ... (more)