Blast Radius, provider of the XML content authoring product XMetaL, and IXIASOFT, the developer of TEXTML Server, a native XML database and search engine, have partnered in creating a content lifecycle solution that integrates their products and the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard. DITA, introduced by IBM, is an XML-based architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information.
The first implementation of the DITA-based solution is nearing completion at CEDROM-SNi, a Canadian news content aggregator. Using an XML content authoring and management solution based on the DITA standard, CEDROM-SNi expects to reduce production and maintenance costs, repurpose and customize content, and provide multi-language support for the online help mechanisms offered on its three Web sites.
The DITA architecture of the solution is intended to allow for topic specialization and enable flexible content organization for easy reuse. The integration of TEXTML Server and XMetaL provides flexibility and performance for the DITA-based solution. While TEXTML Server's native XML support enables management of XML content and searching capabilities, XMetaL's XML authoring tool allows administrators to manage different interfaces for each product and to deliver content to multiple outputs.