SUMMARY: HTML-based Answerbook

From: Christian Masopust (
Date: Mon Nov 21 1994 - 04:07:04 CST

As there were many, many "mee too's" here's the answer from SunFlash
(brougth to me by to many people to mention...., thanks for your help!)


---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Florida SunFlash

SunSoft Unveils Vision for Solaris Users

SunFLASH Vol 69 #26 September 1994 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Electronic Journal For Sun Users Since 1988 John J. Mclaughlin, Publisher & Editor - ____________________________________________________________________________ 69.26 SunSoft Unveils Vision for Solaris Users

SunSoft, Inc. announced its vision for a universal document viewer for the Solaris(R) operating environment. This next-generation of SunSoft's AnswerBook(TM) technology will, for the first time, give Solaris users a single point of access to information that they use every day, including user-published documents and on-line information from Sun, Solaris ISVs and OEMs. Solaris users will also be able to browse and search Internet documents through the same window. SunSoft expects to have a prototype of the new AnswerBook technology in the fourth quarter of 1994.

(142 lines) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact: John Ravella of SunSoft Marketing at (415)336-3614. Press inquiries: Emily Cohen of Hi-Tech Communications at (415)904-7000.


Next-generation AnswerBook technology opens document access to multiple formats on multiple platforms; Enables Internet access with World-Wide-Web browser

In a related announcement also made today, SunSoft has entered into an agreement with Electronic Book Technologies, Inc. (EBT) to allow Solaris users, ISVs and OEMs to use EBT's electronic publishing tools and begin distributing on-line documents that will integrate seamlessly and without change into SunSoft's universal viewing environment.

"SunSoft's long-term goal is to pull together information that users need -- whether it is published by Sun, ISVs, OEMs, or by customers themselves -- and deliver it through a single viewer," said Steve MacKay, vice-president of software technology development at SunSoft. "Essentially, SunSoft is giving Solaris users easy, one-stop access to the vast universe of on-line information that resides both within their own company as well as externally on the Internet."

Within the new universal viewing environment, users and developers can view, browse and annotate documents in a wide range of formats including:

% HTML - the de facto standard for World-Wide-Web data

% SDL - Common Desktop Environment (CDE) on-line help

% SGML - IS0 8879 standard for electronic publishing

% DynaText(TM) - Electronic Book Technologies' SGML-based electronic publishing

% Portable Document Format (PDF) - the universal file format created using Adobe(TM) Acrobat(TM) software

% Other formats - Current AnswerBook collections, PostScript and ASCII text.

EBT's DynaText Provides Electronic Publishing Foundation SunSoft will work with EBT to develop an open, standards-based electronic document delivery technology. EBT's DynaText technology, which is based on SGML, provides the architectural foundation, and enables the interchange and publishing of documents from many different authoring systems. SunSoft's agreement with EBT allows for use of EBT's DynaText publishing tools throughout Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Using tools available from EBT today, Solaris users, software vendors and OEMs can create and publish complete on-line documentation immediately. EBT's DynaText technology is currently used by computer software and hardware vendors such as Cray Research, Ericsson, and Sybase, end-user companies such as AT&T, The Boeing Company, and information publishers such as RR Donnelley & Co. Users will be able to access these documents within SunSoft's universal viewing environment, which will be part of a future version of the Solaris operating environment. EBT's DynaText technology fully supports cross- platform publishing and viewing on the Solaris environment, other UNIX(R) platforms and X terminals, as well as Microsoft(R) Windows(TM) and Apple Macintosh(R) systems.

World-Wide-Web SunSoft's next-generation AnswerBook viewing environment will also include access to documents available on the World-Wide-Web, such as Sun and ISV product literature, press releases and technical white papers. Information publishers will be able to publish documents on the World- Wide-Web, and using SunSoft's universal viewing environment, users will be able to access these documents seamlessly.

About SunSoft SunSoft, Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. SunSoft's charter is to design, market, sell and support the industry's highest-quality software environment for enterprise rightsizing and network computing applications. The company, which is the industry's highest-volume UNIX vendor, has offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and is a leading supplier of 32-bit system software solutions for SPARC, Intel 386/486- and Pentium-based computers. The products are licensed by SunSoft and distributed through major computer manufacturers and resellers worldwide.


Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, SunSoft, the SunSoft logo, Solaris, AnswerBook and SunSolve are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. DynaText is a trademark of Electronic Book Technologies, Inc. Acrobat and Adobe are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other product or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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