SOURCE: Altova


January 14, 2010 09:33 ET

Redesigned Altova Online Training Program Provides Users With More Flexibility and Convenience

On-Demand, Free Training Offers Product and Technology Courses for XML, XBRL, and Much More

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - Altova® (, creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor, offers a newly re-designed, on-demand, free online training program that enables users to explore various technologies, including XML and XBRL, using Altova MissionKit® software tools. Altova Online Training has been completely redesigned based on customer feedback and is officially out of its initial beta testing phase. With over 50 chapters, and new courses being added often, users can access interactive, video-enhanced lessons, step-by-step video tutorials, technical notes, interactive quizzes, and links to important resources.

"It is important that development teams know the tools they are working with to ensure they get the most out of their software investment, which is one of the reasons why we redesigned our Altova Online Training program based on input and ongoing feedback from our users. And with over 60,000 views to date, it is evident the redesign was what our customers were looking for," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "Our comprehensive training courses offer tutorials on technology basics as well as on utilizing functionality available within our MissionKit tools -- from basic XML editing tasks to sophisticated data mapping and data rendering projects, to working with XBRL data and beyond. What is even better is all of the Altova Online Training courses are absolutely free and available in a self-service training model, so users have the flexibility of learning what they want, when they want."

Descriptions of each Altova training course are outlined below:

-- XMLSpy - This beginner level module provides an introduction to XML technology and the XMLSpy XML editor. Users are taken on a brief tour of the XMLSpy user interface and learn to create an XML Schema as well as an XML document based on the schema. Users are also shown how to enter data in Grid and Text Views, perform well-formedness and validity checks, add new elements, and modify the schema while working within the XML document.

-- StyleVision® - Beginner and intermediate level modules give users an introduction to the StyleVision interface and its functionality, including interactive tutorials for transforming XML, XBRL, and database content into eye-catching HTML, RTF, PDF, and Word 2007 (OOXML) documents, plus intuitive Authentic® forms. For advanced users, there are also step-by-step instructions for using the visual stylesheet designer to output XHTML, import XSLT, use variables and user-defined templates and elements, and more.

-- MapForce® - This course includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced level modules that provide an introduction to the MapForce data mapping tool, including navigating the user interface and step-by-step tutorials for mapping databases, EDI, flat files, and Excel 2007 files. For advanced users, the MapForce course also provides step-by-step tutorials for generating data mapping code (including C#, C++, Java, XSLT, and XQuery) and integrating that code into an application.

-- MissionKit / XBRL - This course is geared for both developers and financial professionals getting a head start working with XBRL technology. The comprehensive five-module course provides users with an introduction to XBRL, including an overview of the XBRL creation process and the Altova MissionKit. Users can learn how to create an extension XBRL taxonomy in XMLSpy, map financial data from a backend system to a taxonomy and convert it to a compliant XBRL instance document using MapForce, and then create a XBRL report using StyleVision.

All Altova Online Training course are available on-demand and at no cost. To begin using the Altova Online Training courses go to:

To download a 30-day free trial of the Altova MissionKit tool suite, including XMLSpy, StyleVision, MapForce, or any Altova product, visit:

About Altova

Altova® is the creator of XMLSpy® and other leading XML, database, and UML tools. A key player in the software tools industry and the leader in XML development tools, Altova is the choice of over 3 million clients worldwide, including 91 percent of the Fortune 500. An innovative, customer-focused company, Altova offers a product line that fulfills a broad spectrum of business needs for development teams in the world's largest organizations to growing one-person shops. An active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Object Management Group (OMG), Altova is committed to delivering standards-based, platform-independent solutions that are powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use. Founded in 1992, Altova is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria. Visit Altova on the Web at:

Altova, MissionKit, XMLSpy, MapForce, StyleVision, UModel, DatabaseSpy, DiffDog, SchemaAgent, SemanticWorks, Authentic, and AltovaXML are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Altova GmbH in the United States and/or other countries. The names of and reference to other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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