Adobe acquires XML specialist's assets

Adobe Systems has bought the technology assets of Yellow Dragon Software to bolster Extensible Markup Language support in its...

Adobe Systems has bought the technology assets of Yellow Dragon Software to bolster Extensible Markup Language support in its document management offerings.

Vancouver-based Yellow Dragon makes XML registry and messaging software to help companies take advantage of XML, an increasingly popular format for data exchange.

Adobe intends to integrate the registry technology into its server software next year, but has yet to find a home for XML messenger.

Yellow Dragon has specific expertise in ebXML, or electronic business XML. This XML dialect is designed to help companies transact business across borders and languages. Both Yellow Dragon products are based on ebXML.

The XML registry will become part of Adobe's Intelligent Document Platform, the company's enterprise product line, of which a new release is planned for next year, said Chris Ethier, senior product manager at Adobe. The registry will allow users to index and track their XML components as well as other components.

Adobe expected governments and businesses will require XML functionality over the next few years.

Terms of the deal with Yellow Dragon were not disclosed.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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