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Derek Read

Reply to: XMetaL – Documentum D2 integration

Our current solution for EMC Documentum is:

XMetaL Author Enterprise 9.0
XMetaL Author Enterprise for Documentum Webtop (specific integration for above)
Documentum Webtop 6.7 (only)

Anyone stuck on Webtop 6.5 SP1/SP2/SP3 or 6.6 cannot use this release (7.0 or 8.0 is required).

XMetaL Author Enterprise includes “XMetaL Connector” (note: did not exist with XMetaL Author 4). XMetaL Connector is a runtime bridge that allows XMetaL Author Enterprise to be integrated with any CMS in a standardized way and it also allows document-level customizations for XMetaL Author Enterprise to be written so that they will work with any CMS. The CMS (though its integration) talks to XMetaL Connector. The customization talks to XMetaL Author which decides when to delegate certain actions to XMetaL Connector.

For the most part this is important as soon as linking is involved, since CMS systems often make up their own scheme for linking. Some use id values, some use values that look like file paths, some use values that look like URLs, etc… Documentum uses a custom syntax EMC calls a DRL. XMetaL Author Enterprise for Documentum Webtop provides XMetaL Author Enterprise with the smarts to be able to deal with this custom syntax, including creating correctly formatted links to files during authoring (among others).

So, depending on what the customization for this client's schema does they may or may not lose functionality. If they don't use linking of any kind then it might be possible to get away without using it. However, that seems unlikely.

D2 is not supported at this time and we are still considering our options for Documentum since EMC has no further plans for Webtop. Because D2 is more about “configuration”, it may not be possible for XMetaL Author Enterprise to be integrated with D2.

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