Software Announcement 200-036
February 29, 2000

IBM WebSphere Transcoding Publisher

 ENUS200-036.PDF (24KB)


At a Glance

  • Support for a number of client types and network services
    • WINCE Devices, PalmPilots, IBM Workpads, and WAP-based Smart Phones
    • Dial Networks and Wireless Networks and high-speed networks
  • Standard set of transcoders
    • Image (GIF to JPEG) modification and HTML simplification
    • XML to XML variants, including WML
    • XML to HTML
    • HTML to WML
  • Variety of Deployment Options
    • Support for AIX, Windows NT server, Windows 2000 server, Red Hat Linux, and Solaris platforms
    • Proxy server, either standalone or with a caching proxy
    • Servlets running in WebSphere environment
    • The transcoders running as Java™ Beans

Overview

WebSphere™ Transcoding Publisher makes your data work for you, when and where you need it, to help you reach and service your customers better, reduce costs, and improve productivity. Transcoding Publisher is server-side software that filters and reformats information that you own, or have sufficient rights to filter and reformat, from existing host and Web applications, tailoring the presentation to be effective for different organizations, different device form factors, and different network limitations.

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher includes:

  • A standard set of transcoders to convert HTML documents, reformat images, convert XML documents into other variants of XML by selecting and applying stylesheets, and convert HTML into WML.
  • A standard set of device and network profiles that enable customized conversions for client devices and network services based on characteristics such as device form factor and network cost and speed.
  • A pluggable infrastructure for sequencing transcoders, monitoring requests, resolving conversion parameters based on network and device profiles, and exploiting a separate Web cache. The infrastructure controls the way different transcoders work together and provides them with common services.
  • A developer's toolkit consisting of documentation and samples for customizing existing transcoders, creating new transcoders, and creating new device profiles.
  • Local administration tools for installing, configuring, and monitoring WebSphere Transcoding Publisher as well as integrating and configuring new profiles and transcoders.

Key Prerequisites

The following are the hardware prerequisites for each of the five software operating systems of WebSphere Transcoding Publisher:

  • For Windows NT™ server, Windows™ 2000 server, and Red Hat Linux V6.1, each of these platforms requires a personal computer with 30 MB of available disc space and a Pentium™ 11/266 MHz or higher processor, and 128 MB of memory.
  • For AIX® on RS/6000® and Sun Solaris, 30 MB of available disc space is required and a 166 MHz or higher and 128 MB of memory.

Planned Availability Date

March 31, 2000

Description

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher provides IBM customers the opportunity to extend the value of their existing host and Web-based data and applications by dynamically tailoring information that they own, or have sufficient rights to tailor, to the requirements of the destination environment. As a result, WebSphere Transcoding Publisher enables seamless, universal access to data.

Legacy Data to the Web and Handheld Information Appliances

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher enables IBM customers to re-purpose their existing host data assets. WebSphere Transcoding Publisher brings their legacy data forward to the Web and to the new breed of personal data assistants by dynamically converting formats and presentation style of the host data. IBM SecureWay™ Host Publisher and Transcoding Publisher together can reformat legacy data to Web formats such as HTML and then tailor it for handheld information devices. WebSphere Transcoding Publisher extends the reach of your legacy data to any point along the network without the need to rewrite or port existing host data and applications.

Seamless Business-to-Business Communications

For your data to have value to customers, Business Partners or Resellers, it must be easily accessible and delivered in a usable format. This means accounting for disparate systems, data formats, and organizational preferences. WebSphere Transcoding Publisher allows data to be universally accessible. Transcoding Publisher converts formats and presentation layouts — so that they are optimally tailored for the end-user and the end-user's system environment. Integrated with IBM WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Transcoding Publisher not only makes your data Web-ready but also enables IBM customers to build, manage, and deploy powerful, portable Web-based applications.

Year 2000

This product does not have date dependencies and is therefore Year 2000 ready.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Product Positioning

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher is targeted at customers who want to extend their data and applications to handheld pervasive devices .

The Web is moving from the desktop to the new breed of handheld information appliances. WebSphere Transcoding Publisher enables IBM customers to maintain communications with mobile workers, extend services to existing customers using mobile devices, and reach new mobile customer segments.

Simplify Business-to-Business Communications

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher allows IBM customers to tailor their data, or data that they have sufficient rights to tailor, and applications across the Internet, Extranet, and Intranet to customers, Business Partners, and resellers. WebSphere Transcoding Publisher eliminates the need to rewrite applications for new environments or port data to new systems. With WebSphere Transcoding Publisher, IBM customers can customize the formats and information that is presented to Business Partners and resellers.

Trademarks

 
WebSphere and SecureWay are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows NT and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product Information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No publications are shipped with this program.

Displayable Softcopy Publications: WebSphere™ Transcoding Publisher publications are offered in displayable softcopy form. There are two books online: an Administrator's Guide and a Developer's Guide .

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: The following are the hardware prerequisites for each of the five software operating systems of WebSphere Transcoding Publisher:

  • For Windows NT™ server, Windows™ 2000 server, and Red Hat Linux V6.1, each of these platforms requires a personal computer with 30 MB of available disc space.
  • For AIX® on RS/6000® and Sun Solaris, 30 MB of available disc space is required.

Software Requirements: WebSphere Transcoding Publisher will operate on five software operating systems. They are:

  • Microsoft™ Windows NT Server (V4 with SP5) that supports JDK 1.1.8
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server that supports JDK 1.1.8
  • AIX Version 4.3.2 or higher that supports JDK 1.1.8
  • Sun Solaris that supports JDK 1.1.8
  • Red Hat Linux V6.1 that supports JDK 1.1.8

For the Microsoft Windows NT server, AIX and Sun Solaris platforms above: If running as a servlet, WebSphere 2.03 is required. Support for WebSphere 3.x will be provided in a follow-on WebSphere Transcoding Publisher service update. Contact your IBM representative or visit the service key card Web site.

Limitations: National language versions of WebSphere Transcoding Publisher are supported on the Windows NT, Windows 2000, and AIX platforms.

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher running as a servlet, is supported on the Microsoft Windows NT server, AIX, and Sun Solaris platforms.

Planning Information

Packaging: The following represents the contents of each program package:

  • WebSphere Transcoding Publisher CD-ROM
  • Proof of Entitlement
  • License Information Booklet
  • IPLA Booklet
  • IPLA pointer sheet
  • Year 2000 Service Reminder
  • Service Key Card

Security, Auditability, and Control

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher uses the security and auditability features of the particular operating system that it runs on.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

WebSphere Transcoding Publisher V1.1 is a standalone product with one charge unit — processors. It is available in units of one. The program package (CD-ROM) is required for the first processor on the first server. A "one processor install entitlement" is required for each processor beyond the first one.

The price of WebSphere Transcoding Publisher V1.1 is based on the number of processors in the system executing all or any part of WebSphere Transcoding Publisher. In the case of a symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) system, the customer must also acquire the "one processor install entitlement".

The following example illustrates the pricing methodology: Two 4-way SMPs, for standalone systems in a larger system, would require the WebSphere Transcoding Publisher V1.1 program package and seven "one processor install entitlements".

                                                            Part
Description                                                 Number
 
WebSphere Transcoding Publisher                             41L3174
 Version 1.1 Program Package
 -- English
 
WebSphere Transcoding Publisher                             41L3176
 Version 1.1 1 Processor install

Upgrades

There are no upgrades for this product.

Passport Advantage

Program                                                     Part
Name                     Description                        Number
 
VPO Instl                Transcoding Publisher              D4744ML
                          V1.1 1 Processor
VPO Instl/SW Sub         Transcoding Publisher              D4745ML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1 Yr
VPO Instl/SW Sub         Transcoding Publisher              D4746ML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 2 Yrs
VPO SW Sub Rnwl          Transcoding Publisher              E1747ML
                          V1.1 1 Proc.
 
VPO SW Sub               Transcoding Publisher              D4748ML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1 Yr
VPO SW Sub               Transcoding Publisher              D4749ML
                          V.1. 1 Proc. 2 Yrs
 
CO Instl/SW Sub          Transcoding Publisher              D474JML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO Instl/SW Sub          Transcoding Publisher              D474KML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 2nd Anniv
 
CO SW Sub                Transcoding Publisher              D474NML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO SW Sub                Transcoding Publisher              D474SML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 2nd Anniv
 
CO Supt                  Transcoding Publisher              AS74TML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO Instl/SW              Transcoding Publisher              D474YML
 Sub/Supt                 V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO Instl/SW              Transcoding Publisher              D4753ML
 Sub/Supt                 V1.1 1 Proc. 2nd Anniv
 
CO SW Sub/Supt           Transcoding Publisher              D47FLML
                          V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO SW                    Transcoding Publisher              D475LML
 Sub/Supt Rnwl            V1.1 1 Proc. 1st Anniv
CO SW Sub Rnwl           Transcoding Publisher              E174LML
                          V1.1 1 Proc.

Media Packs

                              Type Package/               Part
Description                   Country                     Number
 
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               41L3179
 Publisher V1.1                International
                               English
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZBP
 Publisher V1.1                Brazilian
                               Portuguese
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZJA
 Publisher V1.1                Japanese
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZKO
 Publisher V1.1                Korean
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZSC
 Publisher V1.1                Simplified
                               Chinese
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZTC
 Publisher V1.1                Traditional
                                Chinese
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZFR
 Publisher V1.1                French
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZDE
 Publisher V1.1                German
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZIT
 Publisher V1.1                Italian
WebSphere Transcoding         Media Pack --               BE7YZES
 Publisher V1.1                Spanish

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

License Information Form Number: There is no form number for the LI booklet for IPLA programs.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until March 31, 2002

Money-Back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: Yes

Upgrades: Customers can acquire upgrades up to the currently authorized level of use of the qualifying programs.

Support Line: Yes

AIX/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Charges

Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.

Trademarks

 
WebSphere is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX, RS/6000, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.