Adobe Systems has shipped an XML plug-in for its Acrobat 5.0 software that allows people to view documents in their original format.
Acrobat is used to create PDF (Portable Document Format) files, a popular format for distributing documents over the Internet. The new plug-in allows people to save a PDF document in XML (Extensible Markup Language), a Web standard that has become increasingly popular to exchange information over the Net. As a result, businesses that are conducting trades online can send XML-based messages back and forth using PDF files. The new plug-in also allows people to save documents in HTML, the language used to create Web pages. The test version of the XML plug-in can be downloaded from Adobe's Web site.