Following is a response to an email message I posted to the comp.text.sgml newsgroup, inquiring about SoftQuad Corporation's sale of its Panorama product line to Interleaf, Inc.
Go to Interleaf's website.
See also SoftQuad's statement concerning this matter.
See a copy of the historic document in which Yuri Rubinsky announced the availability of the Panorama SGML viewer.
|From:||Betty Harvey <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: ???? What does SoftQuad's divestiture of Panorama, etc. mean ????|
|Date:||3 Oct 1998 10:06:09 -0700|
In article <36161891.65E8@cloud9.net>, "Brad says... > >Yesterday I discovered that > > http://www.softquad.com/panorama/viewer/ > >, which used to lead to the page on the SoftQuad Corporation >website where one could download evaluation copies of >the Panorama SGML viewer, has become: > > File Not Found > > The requested URL /panorama/viewer/ was not found on this server. > >Somewhere last nite, on the SoftQuad website, I seem to have >found notice that they had sold their Panorama operation (their >whole Toronto office) to some other company, although now, in the >light of morning, I can no longer find that (I do find that viewing >SoftQuad's new home page does something which makes my computer >slow to a crawl...). > >Questions (feel free to add your own): > >(1) Does anybody know anything about this development? > Interleaf bought the SGML side of SoftQuad. This includes Panorama and Author/Editor. The announcement can be found at: http://www.quicken.com/investments/news/story/?story=/news/stories/bw/19980925/a1196.htm&symbol=SWEBF >(2) Is there a new way to get evaluation copies of >Panorama viewer? I think it is anyones guess at this point. I would have thought Interleaf would have made a statement by now about its intention for both products. > >(3) What do people think this development portends for >the future of SGML (or, to return to a topic from >Page 1 of the July 98 TAG newsletter: the possible >"death of SGML")? > I really don't think it will impact the future of SGML. SoftQuad has been floundering as a SGML company since Yuri's death. When Yuri died the vision of SoftQuad seemed to die within the corporate executives. I don't think they understood what the recognition factor that SoftQuad had in the industry was. SoftQuad under the tutelage of Yuri was leading the way full-steam to SGML on the Web. Panorama and SoftQuad, again IMHO was the impetus for XML. The fact that they bought a company, Alpha, whose main focus is childrens games proved IMHO that the corporate executives weren't interested in the technology that SoftQuad has traditionally been the leader of. Nothing against Alpha but from a business perspective, I don't see where the two technologies have anything in common. The game company will maintain the corporate name SoftQuad, they also kept the rights to HoTMetaL. I guess we are all still in a 'wait and see' mode about what Interleaf's intentions are - hopefully honorable |-). Betty /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Betty Harvey | Phone: 301-540-8251 FAX: 4268 Electronic Commerce Connection, Inc. | 13017 Wisteria Drive, P.O. Box 333 | Germantown, Md. 20874 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Washington,DC SGML Users Grp URL: http://www.eccnet.com | http://www.eccnet.com/sgmlug/ /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\\/\/
|Read Yuri Rubinsky's obituary.
Read SoftQuad press release announcing Panorama divestiture.
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