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Implementing XML & "Thin Client" Technology in Information Management Systems
Autolib Library and Information Management Systems deliver a fully web-enabled service, whether it is operating within a Local Area Network or over a Wide Area Network (the Internet). It is their implementation of XML and "Thin Client" technology that offers a stable, yet highly scalable platform for resource centres of any type to build upon.
What is XML?
Extensible Markup Language (XML) is defined by the "World Wide Web Consortium" as THE way to transfer information from point to point in a platform and language independent manner.
Its content can be manipulated with stylesheets to generate a variety of display formats for end users. It facilitates communication between enterprises using intranet and internet based systems, promoting an environment of open standards.
An Example of XML
'Thin Client' Technology

An improvement on the two-tier client-server setup, our 3-tiered architecture eliminates the need to configure each client station to the database. The client machines (thin clients) need only support an internet connection to manage the information held on the central database. Maximum functionality is delivered through an executable, rather than through a browser.

The thin clients' XML requests are processed by middleware that interfaces with with any database server supported by ADO with a simple connection string adjustment.
How do Autolib's technologies combine to benefit your resource centre?
Compatibility
Autolib allows XML compliant systems to seamlessly share information in real-time on an intranet or over the internet. It is capable of bringing together dispersed information held in a variety of formats.
Stability
Thanks to XML's open standards, there is no need for Autolib to translate between languages. This makes for easy installation and maintenance, and reliablility over a WAN.
Scalability
XML technology allows Autolib to deliver stand alone solutions through to enterprise wide, multi-site systems, across networks of any size and the Internet. Since the data is held and processed centrally, the management terminals are easy to install and do not require high specifications.
Tailored Look
You have complete control over the design of your web OPAC. By creating your own 'style sheets', standard XML data can be manipulated so that only the data you choose is visible on the OPAC, and in a personalised format with your company name and logo.