The documentation is now available in ASCII.

From Thu Jun 23 14:57:52 1994
Article: 19808 of comp.infosystems.www
From: (Yuri Rubinsky)
Subject: ANNOUNCE: HoTMetaL v1.0b for MS-Windows and Sparc Motif
Summary: WYSIWYG HTML Editor available on Windows; new version for Motif
Organization: SoftQuad Inc., Toronto, Canada
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 94 13:11:00 GMT-1:00

  SoftQuad HoTMetaL v1.0b is now available for pickup using anonymous ftp.
Changes from previous release:
* Microsoft Windows now supported.
* If a document doesn't open with the HTML DTD, HoTMetaL automatically
  tries a looser, `legacy' DTD.  There is no longer any need to send away
  for a `loose' rules file.
* Support for Entities for ISO Latin 1 (and other) character sets now
* Backspace now deletes entities and elements as well as normal text.

At present, this is the location of the binaries for both the Sun Motif
and Windows versions. We will post the longer list as other sites pick it

IF YOU RUN A SITE THAT IS MIRRORING HOTMETAL, please send mail to so we can let others know about your site.

For now:

NOTE that there is a separate subdirectory for each of the 
Sparc-Motif and MS-Windows versions.

Yuri Rubinsky                           +1 416 239-4801
SoftQuad Inc.                           uucp: {uunet,utzoo}!sq!yuri
Suite 810  56 Aberfoyle Crescent        Internet:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8X 2W4        Fax: +1 416 239-7105

       Please address follow-up mail to
From Thu Jun  2 11:41:03 1994
Article: 18122 of comp.infosystems.www
From: (Ian Darwin)
Subject: SoftQuad announces WYSIWYG HTML Editor available for FTP
Summary: HTML editing now available.
Organization: SoftQuad Inc., Toronto, Canada
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 94 04:07:14 GMT-1:00

SoftQuad is releasing two WWW/HTML editors:
	SoftQuad HoTMetaL - freely available today by FTP -
		our gift to the WWW community.
	SoftQuad HoTMetaL Pro - available this month for purchase.

There is also (in conjunction with Avalanche Development Company)
a HoTMetaL add-on for conversion from popular desktop word 
processing packages like Microsoft Word and WordPerfect into HTML.

HoTMetaL simplifies HTML authoring with pick lists for the markup codes
and cut-and-paste for the hypertext links. It includes the following
HTML-specific features:  knowledge of the HTML DTD and validation of
documents; viewing of images; a Preview facility for launching Mosaic
and other Web browsers; the ability to copy and paste hypertext links
(Universal Resource Locators -- URLs) into the document; and a Publish
feature that automatically changes hypertext links from local file
references to global URLs.

SoftQuad HoTMetaL is available from many of the same Internet sites and
electronic bulletin boards as Mosaic, including NCSA, where the URL is:
(and see below for other sites)

The first release is for Sun Motif, with a Microsoft Windows version
available within a week. Other operating environments will follow.

SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO is a fully supported commercial version with
additional functionality like WYSIWYG editing of complex tables and
more comprehensive support for authoring, such as user-defined macros
and long or short sets of menus. It will be available from SoftQuad and
its resellers by the end of June 1994 on Sun Motif and Microsoft
Windows for a list price of US$195.00 with a 90 day promotional price
of US$149.00.

HoTMetaL is named in honor of the mechanical devices which melted lead
to make type for printing.

Please email inquiries to "", not to me.

Ian Darwin			|
SoftQuad Inc			| Home of SoftQuad HoTMetaL,
810 - 56 Aberfoyle Cres, 	| Author/Editor, Explorer and
Toronto, Ontario		| other electronic publishing tools.
CANADA M8X 2W4			| Phone: +1 416-239-4801
				| FAX:   +1 416-239-7105

From Thu Jun  9 13:32:56 1994
Article: 18349 of comp.infosystems.www
From: (Yuri Rubinsky)
Subject: Update on SoftQuad HoTMetaL
Summary:  Free HTML editor available from more sites
Organization: SoftQuad Inc., Toronto, Canada
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 94 17:58:27 GMT-1:00

A number of people have been asking whether there are places other
than the NCSA to find our new HTML editor. Here is the list of
the places we know about. If you know of others, please let us
know and we'll try to keep this list current.

SoftQuad HoTMetaL now available for anonymous ftp from:

To those of you who have had difficulty obtaining a copy, thank
you for your continued efforts. I hope this list helps.

ALSO: We are creating a looser version of the DTD for those of
you who are opening "legacy HTML" documents. We'll post about that 
as it becomes readily available. To obtain it earlier, send mail to

And thanks also to all of you who've taken the time to mail us
with compliments, suggestions and sample files.

Inquiries and comments to

Yuri Rubinsky				+1 416 239-4801
SoftQuad Inc.		                uucp: {uunet,utzoo}!sq!yuri
Suite 810  56 Aberfoyle Crescent	Internet:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8X 2W4	Fax: +1 416 239-7105