Japan-based software company JustSystems has created a version of its XMetaL Author content creator for SharePoint, enabling users of the Microsoft software to reap the benefits of reusable, structured content.
XMetaL Author Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint, released yesterday, introduces XML and the OASIS-sanctioned Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) specification for delivering technical content to SharePoint. This allows users to collaborate, through SharePoint, on the creation of content, and then store it based on its topic in a SharePoint library for reuse with other documents. When a document is opened in XMetaL, it automatically is checked out of SharePoint, to prevent others from making changes to a document that is being worked on. That document can then be checked back into SharePoint from the XMetaL interface.
The JustSystems authoring tool, which sells for US$1,390, provides the ability to create XML documents; the SharePoint Server communicates with XMetaL through the server’s SOAP interface. This means that nothing has to be installed on the SharePoint Server, and no special server configuration is required.