SDL Announces Acquisition of Xopus

SDL has announced the acquisition of Xopus. The acquisition by SDL's Structured Content Technologies division addresses the growing trend to broaden the adoption of structured authoring beyond technical writers.

Founded in 2001 in the Netherlands, Xopus has emerged as the leading provider of a friendly and simple-to-use online XML editor. By making XML authoring and editing easy to work with, the Xopus editor addresses the growing demand to extend the benefits of structured content beyond the classic technical publication organization.

Complementing high-end XML editors that are designed specifically for technical writers, Xopus enables a broader audience to contribute comments and content to increasingly distributed structured authoring processes. With several thousand users worldwide in the high-tech, life sciences, manufacturing and government sectors, Xopus is already extending the business benefits of structured authoring to a much broader set of users and roles than would otherwise be possible.

Today, most XML editors are designed primarily for technical writers. With a "zero training/zero install" capability, Xopus makes it possible for corporations to extend XML content contribution and review to a much broader set of users and roles. Accessed through a Web browser, Xopus provides all of the flexibility, ease-of-use, and interactivity of a Wiki, while still leveraging the benefits of structured content. Xopus, integrated with other SDL technologies, will significantly improve content review processes by subject matter experts and content development by non-technical writers, while making content accessible to a corporation's customers or "crowd" for comment, collaboration and contribution.

The Xopus organization will become part of SDL's Structured Content Technologies division. Laurens van den Oever will take the role of Director, Structured Authoring Solutions, reporting to Kevin Duffy, CEO of the division. A prototype integration already exists between SDL Xopus and SDL Trisoft, the company's Component Content Management system for DITA. Looking forward, SDL Xopus will be integrated with SDL LiveContent , the company's dynamic publishing solution. Future integrations are envisioned with SDL Contenta for S1000D and related markets, as well as SDL's suite of Global Information Management technologies.

SDL will continue its philosophy of supporting an "open technology" approach to the enterprise ecosystem through integration to 3rd party applications and systems. SDL currently supports, and will continue to support, out-of-the-box integrations from SDL Trisoft and the SDL Global Authoring Management System to JustSystems' XMetaL, PTC Arbortext, and Adobe FrameMaker. SDL Xopus will continue to support existing integrations to 3rd party content management systems.

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