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A reference library on the desktop: xrefer.com and WebTop.com announce strategic content partnership

Press Release: Credo Reference [August 7, 2000]

Copyright (c) 2000 Credo Reference

Abstract: xrefer.com, the web's reference engine, and WebTop.com, the net information services company, today announced a strategic content partnership. This partnership will see xrefer.com provide high-quality aggregated and integrated reference content for use within the WebTop.com website and the Personal Desktop Assistant (PDA), WebTop.com's intelligent desktop search tool.


xrefer.com, the web's reference engine, and WebTop.com, the net information services company, today announced a strategic content partnership. This partnership will see xrefer.com provide high-quality aggregated and integrated reference content for use within the WebTop.com website and the Personal Desktop Assistant (PDA), WebTop.com's intelligent desktop search tool.

This new partnership combines the sophistication of the PDA desktop search tool with xrefer.com's vast amount of high-quality reference content through the new WebTop.com Reference Zone. WebTop.com users will now have fast and easy access to more than 200,000 individual entries taken from the encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations of some of the world's leading publishing brands.

The addition of xrefer.com content to the Reference Zone will allow WebTop.com users to find detailed and authoritative reference material quickly and easily. By simply highlighting any relevant text on the desktop, then 'dragging and dropping' it onto the PDA icon, a full list of relevant dictionary, encyclopaedia, thesaurus and quotation entries will be delivered. The Reference Zone is just one of many Zones created by WebTop.com, which has broken down the vast resources of the Web into Zones. WebTop.com's Zones are logical groupings of similar results. For example, if the user performs a search on Nokia WAP, they would receive groups of results with documents organised in the Web Zone, more from the company's website in the Company Zone, as well as breaking news from agency sites within the News Zone. Many more Zones are planned, including an Olympics Zone, Computer Zone, Music Zone and TV Zone.

John Snyder, CEO of WebTop.com said: "WebTop.com's vision has been the supply of a desktop tool that unites people's documents with information out on the web. I'm delighted that we can now give our users easy desktop access to everyday reference tools such as a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as xrefer.com's other in-depth reference information. This partnership places WebTop.com users a click away from a whole reference library."

Adam Hodgkin, managing director of xrefer.com added: "We are delighted to be working with WebTop.com as the prospect of direct desktop access to the xrefer.com reference engine is an exciting one. This partnership will not only be of great benefit to xrefer.com and WebTop.com, but also to any web user that needs to find authoritative factual information quickly and easily."

WebTop.com's PDA is free to download from the WebTop.com site at http://www.webtop.com.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:August 7, 2000
Publisher:Credo Reference
Company: Credo Reference
Record Number:17381
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