Corel Corporation has teamed with Oracle Corp. to build and deliver a complete solution to enable the creation, storage and delivery of extensible markup language (XML) content and scalable vector graphics (SVG) Smart Graphic applications. Demonstrated in the Oracle booth at Oracle World Paris this week, the solution integrates the powerful Oracle Database 10g with Corel's award-winning XML tools, Corel XmetaL and Corel Smart Graphics Studio.

Corel XMetaL and Corel Smart Graphics Studio work together with the XML DB functionality in Oracle Database 10g to provide intelligent user interfaces for rich structured documents such as product documentation, financial reports, technical manuals and government legislation and regulation. Oracle's XML DB offers deep and comprehensive support for XML, a preferred format for enterprise data and content. Together with Oracle Database 10g, Corel's technologies simplify the integration of open-standard text and graphics into an enterprise publishing workflow. Corel's applications hide the complexity of open standards code from the intended end users, whether they are writers using XMetaL to create XML-based content or application developers using Corel Smart Graphics Studio to build SVG-based Smart Graphics applications.

Using this new solution, enterprise customers are able to reduce costs and simplify the process of creating, managing and delivering business critical content. Corel technology provides tools that for the first time create unified interfaces that give end users the ability to interact with a full range of business information stored in their Oracle Database, from unstructured content to transactional data such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), inventory management and e-commerce applications.

"Corel XMetaL and Corel Smart Graphics Studio are industry leading XML tools noted for their rich features and support for customization," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president Database Server Technologies at Oracle. "The Oracle/Corel solution brings together the strengths of a strong XML data-management platform with a rich, interactive development environment."

Announced last month, Oracle Database 10g represents a significant rethinking of the traditional role of software infrastructure in areas such as system performance, clustering and storage. Oracle 10g is the first infrastructure designed for grid computing.

This integration with Oracle Database 10g builds on the strengths of Corel's enterprise XML and SVG platforms Corel XMetaL 4 and Corel Smart Graphics Studio. Corel XMetaL is an authoring platform that enables XML text content creation across an organization, streamlining the process of distributing information to the Web, print and other media. Corel Smart Graphics Studio is a development platform that speeds and simplifies the creation of SVG-based Smart Graphics applications, transforming XML and legacy data into powerful and compelling intranet and extranet applications.

"Corel's XML platform enables Oracle Database 10g customers to realize the power of their database by providing front ends for XML content. Corel XMetaL takes advantage of the comprehensive XML capabilities that Oracle Database 10g provides by enabling developers to create rich XML content applications that deliver easy-to-use interfaces for ordinary business users," said Bruce Sharpe, vice president of XML content solutions at Corel.

"Corel Smart Graphics Studio turns complex data into easily understood graphical interfaces – making the information inherently more meaningful to business users. Working together with Oracle Database 10g, this is achieved by automatically linking stored SVG graphics to other database content or by dynamically generating graphics to visually represent this content," said Ian LeGrow, vice president of Smart Graphics for Corel. "Smart Graphics simplify the way people understand, relate to and use information."

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