For Immediate Release

Passage Systems Joins MecklerWeb Initiative as Provider of Document Conversion Services and Document Production Software

INTERNET WORLD, SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1, 1994 -- Passage Systems, Inc. today announced its support for MecklerWeb, an innovative corporate communication and marketing system for companies wanting to do business on the Internet. MecklerWeb will enable product or service suppliers to distribute information to potential customers far more rapidly and economically than they can today. Passage Systems can help companies get started with MecklerWeb by converting their existing documents into the required formats for online publishing. Companies who want to take full control of their MecklerWeb efforts can adopt PassagePRO(TM), a document production and management system that supports the end-to-end process of authoring, format conversion, and online publishing.

All of the content in the MecklerWeb system must be "tagged" or "marked-up" using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Passage Systems can produce HTML from hard copy, ASCII, proprietary electronic formats (such as Frame, Interleaf, troff, Word, or GML), or SGML. Passage Systems carefully analyzes the existing information and may recommend changes to the structure, layout or style of the source documents to ensure their optimal presentation "in the web".

Passage Systems can help companies make a successful transition to online publishing by devising new word processing styles and standards, developing custom format conversion software, and by providing training for authors, production personnel, and others involved in the company's MecklerWeb efforts.

PassagePRO's user-friendly graphical desktop supports a tightly- integrated online publishing environment while hiding most of the complexity. The word processing styles and standards, format conversion software, and other tools needed for creation and validation of MecklerWeb documents are seamlessly coupled in PassagePRO. Version control, configuration management, and workflow systems coordinate all essential work activities and products for authors and document production personnel.

Passage Systems, Inc., founded in 1992, provides software products, format conversion services, training, and consulting in support of SGML-based publishing. Passage Systems is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. It has satellite offices in Pittsburgh, PA, and Austin, TX.

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Vance Nakamoto
Passage Systems, Inc.
Phone: (415) 390-0911