Tuesday May 9, 6:16 am Eastern Time
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UserLand Software, Inc.
UserLand Submits SOAP 1.1 to World Wide Web Consortium
BURLINGAME, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- UserLand Software, Ariba
(Nasdaq: ARBA - news), Commerce One (Nasdaq: CMRC - news), Compaq Computer Corporation
(NYSE: CPQ - news), Developmentor, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP - news), IBM
(NYSE: IBM - news), IONA Technologies (Nasdaq: IONA - news), Lotus Development Corporation
(NYSE: IBM - news), Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT - news), SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - news) today
jointly proposed to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) a new protocol called
the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that will allow revolutionary new
applications connecting graphic user interface desktop applications to
powerful Internet servers using the standards of the Internet, HTTP and XML.
``SOAP has been a two-year project, starting as a collaboration between
UserLand, Microsoft and Developmentor, in April 1998, and now has the
potential of being very widely deployed and supported in virtually every
programming and scripting environment on every operating system, commercial
and open source, including Windows, Macintosh and Linux,'' said Dave Winer, CEO
of UserLand, one of the authors of SOAP 1.1. ``SOAP truly is the next level of
the World Wide Web.''
``The need to integrate with other businesses is changing how companies
build software,'' said Tod Nielsen, Vice President Developer Division at
Microsoft. ``SOAP, a core technology in Web Services, represents a major shift
in how Microsoft is addressing this change. By working together with partners
such as UserLand to create open specifications that anyone can implement,
Microsoft expects to offer customers greater choice and innovation than ever
Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Associates, a leader in the open source
community says, ``Large companies like Microsoft are learning more quickly how
to pick up on advances made by the independent developer community. SOAP has
been a unique collaboration between a number of very creative individual
developers at small companies and sharp-eyed strategists at industry
``SOAP will be a key technology for building interoperable applications on
the Internet,'' said Noah Mendelsohn, Distinguished Engineer, Lotus. ``Lotus, as
co-author of SOAP version 1.1 and co-submitter of SOAP to the W3C, is
delighted that UserLand will be implementing SOAP in its products. We look
forward to working with UserLand and other W3C members to determine the best
approach for standardizing technologies based on SOAP.''
``UserLand makes the leading browser-based Web content management system,
Manila, and is pioneering the use of desktop writing tools connected to such
Web application platforms,'' said Winer. ``The opportunity to integrate our
tools with Lotus Notes and other popular networked writing environments gives
us a nice warm feeling about the future. The Internet is about cooperation and
competition. Our relationship with Microsoft is long-lasting and solid, and
we're totally looking forward to working with IBM and Lotus and the other
co-submitters of SOAP 1.1.''
``One of the most exciting Net developments now unfolding is the change in
the nature of applications,'' said analyst Kevin Werbach, managing editor of
Release 1.0. ``The fundamental lesson of the Internet's success is that open,
decentralized, end-to-end systems can engender phenomenal innovation and
Industry analyst and usability guru Jakob Nielsen says, ``Web browsers
provide asynchronous interactions like those found on mainframe terminals
instead of the highly interactive, tightly coupled interfaces found in
window-based user interfaces. Web designers have abandoned the advances in
consistency and predictability that were pioneered by the Macintosh in 1984.
And browsers are restricted to a small set of interaction widgets that are
usually abused in non-standard ways.''
``Now comes SOAP -- the Simple Object Access Protocol,'' says Doc Searls,
senior editor at Linux Journal, and a co-author of the best-selling Cluetrain
Manifesto, ``which is the creation of a small group of developers who happen to
work at Microsoft, UserLand, Developmentor and other places, large and small.
In the best hacker tradition (the one that gave us the Net and the Web in the
first place) SOAP opens things up. It opens the Web to lots of terrific new
developments, and doesn't require anybody's OS platform.''
Fredrik Lundh, CTO of PythonWare, a Swedish software developer is leading
development of SOAP for the open source Python scripting language. ``SOAP
provides a bridge between Windows, Java, and scripting environments like
Python, Perl, and Frontier. Major players on each platform are not only
talking about SOAP, they're talking to each other about it, and they're
shipping working code.''
Paul Everitt, CEO of Digital Creations, developer of the Zope open source
content management system (a Python application), says, ``At long last, the Web
has a complete platform strategy. Operating systems, programming languages,
database technologies, and even component models all disappear behind a
straightforward Web API. All these are essential services.''
Complete comments from industry visionaries is at
UserLand Software is a technology and publishing company focused on the
Web as a writing environment and a medium of high-integrity journalism.
UserLand's Web content management system, Frontier, includes Manila, the
leading browser-based content system. UserLand publishes Scripting News and
over 5000 publications on EditThisPage.Com and Weblogs.Com. Frontier is a
commercial platform, licensed on a subscription basis for US$899 per year.
UserLand CEO Dave Winer is the chair of the WWW9 distributed computing track,
is a Seybold Fellow, and participated in the World Economic Forum Annual
Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. UserLand is a member of the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C). UserLand is a privately held company based in Burlingame,
Robert Bierman of UserLand Software, Inc., 650-697-5263, or