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SoftQuad's XMetaL Wins Web'99 Award as Best Authoring Tool of the Year.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 1999--

XMetaL, the XML content creation software solution from SoftQuad Software Inc., a leading provider of content creation solutions, has won the Web'99 Web Tools Awards' Outstanding Product of the Year in the Authoring Tools category.

"We're extremely pleased to have won this award," says Roberto Drassinower, President and CEO, SoftQuad Software Inc. "I'm very proud of the level of technical excellence achieved by our XMetaL development team, led by Bruce and Peter Sharpe. XMetaL 1.0 was launched just eight weeks ago, and industry interest in the product has been phenomenal, exceeding our expectations. XMetaL is uniquely positioned to set the standard for XML content authoring."

Peter Sharpe, Chief Scientist, SoftQuad Software Inc., received the award for XMetaL at the Web'99 Web Tools Gala Dinner, hosted by the editors of Web Techniques and Web Review in San Francisco on June 29, 1999.

The Web'99 Awards focused upon revolutionary, not just evolutionary, changes in products targeted for web designers and developers. Bob Kaehms, Editor in Chief of Web Techniques, and David Sims, Editorial Director of Songline Studios, made the presentations. "We gave this award to a product that we consider to be the next-generation of web design: SoftQuad's XMetaL," says Bob Kaehms. "SoftQuad was working ahead of the curve to get web authors thinking about using XML in their page design. Using a familiar user interface, you can learn to create mock up pages in XML and SGML. There are multiple editing views, and you can convert database content to XML."

The rapid growth in web applications such as e-commerce, web portals, knowledge management, and customer relationship management, is fueling demand for XML content. XMetaL is an advanced, simple-to-deploy XML authoring tool with a familiar word processing-like interface that delivers unprecedented ease-of-use to authors while shielding them from the complexities of XML. Its ability to be tightly integrated with content management systems makes it the ideal solution for creating content for dynamic delivery to web sites.

XMetaL is available at a cost of U.S. $495 per single user license. The product is sold both directly and through VARs and OEMs. Volume discounts, site licenses, partner programs and on-site training are all available.

SoftQuad Software Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning, standards-based web publishing solutions targeting electronic publishing, e-commerce and knowledge management applications for corporations and web professionals. XMetaL 1.0 is an advanced, simple-to-deploy XML authoring tool that delivers a familiar word processing-like interface, allowing mainstream users to easily create XML web content. HoTMetaL PRO 5.0 enables users to quickly and easily create, publish and manage sophisticated web sites.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with European operations based in London, SoftQuad is a founding member and active participant in the World Wide Web

Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), the Internet Engineering Task Force and XML.org.

Note to editors: If you require additional information about XMetaL, HoTMetaL PRO 5.0 or SoftQuad Software Inc., including technical specs, downloads and screen or box shots, please visit the SoftQuad web site at http://www.softquad.com.
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