Belus Technology has announced version 1.6 of XStandard, a leading standards-compliant WYSIWYG editor for Windows desktop and browser-based content management systems. XStandard supports a broad range of browsers, including IE, Mozilla, Firefox and Netscape.The new version of XStandard focuses on improvements to Web Services, facilitating tighter integration between the editor and the host CMS, and extending the benefits of Web Services in shared-hosting environments.
*SOAP for integration*
XStandard now supports versions 1.1 and 1.2 of SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). SOAP is a vendor-neutral XML technology used to exchange structured information across platforms and languages. In content management systems (CMS), SOAP enables popular authoring features such as file upload, image libraries and spell checking, and powers the critical relationship between a WYSIWYG editor and the CMS.
"SOAP is the plumbing between the WYSIWYG editor and the CMS," said Vlad Alexander, head of development at Belus Technology. "The more advanced and standards-compliant the plumbing is, the easier it is for developers to achieve a tight, seamless integration between the WYSIWYG editor and their CMS. SOAP version 1.1 is ideal from this perspective, and is the de facto industry standard, but we go one step further by also supporting 1.2, which is the latest W3C recommendation."
*.NET Web Services for shared environments*
XStandard now offers an ASP.NET version of Web Services for developers working in shared hosting environments. Shared hosting is the smart choice for small and medium-sized businesses that don't require their own server, but ISPs typically won't allow customers to install software on a shared server. Today's announcement means customers can now reap the benefits of using Web Services within their CMS, without installing additional software at the ISP.
Search capability hooks using SOAP are also added to version 1.6 of XStandard. The new search feature speeds the authoring process by offering a faster way of locating files in image and attachment libraries, and a more efficient method of retrieving content from third-party data sources.