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Subject: SoftQuad's XMetaL Drives Reed Technology and Information Services(RTIS) in US Patent Delivery

News Release

SoftQuad’s XMetaL Drives Reed Technology and Information Services (RTIS) in
US Patent Delivery
RTIS Purchases 1,000 XMetaL 2.0 licenses to Process Patent Documents for the
US Patent and Trademark Office

TORONTO, ON – October 11, 2000, – SoftQuad Software, Ltd., (OTC BB: SXML) an
internationally recognized developer of XML-enabling technologies announced
today that Reed Technology and Information Services (RTIS) after extensive
evaluation, has chosen XMetaL 2.0, SoftQuad’s award-winning XML content
creation solution, to convert, edit and process patent data for the United
States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

RTIS, a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group, has been processing patent
data for the PTO for more than 30 years.  To meet new requirements for the
delivery of patent data in XML, RTIS required a content creation solution
that was flexible enough to handle all types of patent documents and offered
a familiar interface that would allow non-technical employees to become
productive very quickly.

“We are responsible for processing thousands of different patent files each
week,” said Dave Abbott, vice president of technology and development, RTIS.
“XMetaL provides a flexible and adaptable solution that can be customized to
take the guesswork out of XML content creation.”

Beginning in the year 2001, as many as 1,000 internal and external users
will be working with XMetaL to process patent information in XML at RTIS’
three facilities.  Users will use XMetaL to mark up text converted from
scanned documents, as well as to key data directly into a document.  To
create and display chemical and mathematical formula, XMetaL will be
configured to launch specialized processing programs.

“In order to be able to transform a high volume of information into XML,
organizations need an XML content creation solution that is accessible to
everyone,” said Roberto Drassinower, president and CEO of SoftQuad Software,
Ltd.  “XMetaL allows users of all skill levels to create and work with XML
content in a process-driven production environment.”

About RTIS

RTIS (RTIS) main facility is located in Horsham, Pennsylvania with satellite
facilities in the Alexandria, Virginia area. RTIS processes patent data for
the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Currently, RTIS’ patent
production system delivers 3,000 to 4,000 patents per week and handles about
20,000 active patent files per week (recently as many as 50,000) resulting
in the conversion of well over 100 million keystrokes, including 13,500
units of chemical rings, mathematical formulas, tabular data and other forms
of illustrative information.

About SoftQuad Software, Ltd.

SoftQuad Software, Ltd. (OTC BB: SXML) is an internationally recognized
developer of XML enabling technologies and commerce solutions for
e-business.  A founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
and XML.org., SoftQuad is also a member of the Open Applications Group, Inc.
(OAGI) and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum.  SoftQuad has been
instrumental in shaping and developing both the standards and technologies
that are changing the way companies exchange information and do business
over the Web.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with European operations based in London,
SoftQuad was first to market with XMetaL, an advanced, yet easy-to-use XML
content creation solution.  It has already become the premier enabling
technology for XML-based content applications in electronic publishing,
e-commerce and knowledge management.  SoftQuad is targeting the growing
business-to-business (B2B) marketplace with MarketAgility, a supply-side
content solution that allows companies to effectively join and compete in
B2B e-markets.

For more information, visit SoftQuad's Website at http://www.softquad.com

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as
"anticipates", "estimates", "expects", “will”, “should”, "projects",
"intends", "plans", "believes" and words and terms of similar substance used
in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial
performance identify such forward-looking statements.  Those forward-looking
statements are management's present expectations of future events.  As with
any projection or forecast, they are inherently susceptible to uncertainty
and changes in circumstances.  SoftQuad is an early-stage growth company
that operates in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and
its business results are dependent on numerous factors, including demand for
its products and services, its ability to manage costs and generate
revenues, technological developments, protection of its intellectual
property rights, its ability to attract and retain key personnel, the
resolution of issues concerning commercial activities via the Internet,
including security, reliability, cost, ease of use and access, government
regulation, risks related to international sales and potential foreign
currency exchange fluctuations, economic, political and social conditions in
the countries in which it operates, its ability to successfully obtain
inclusion of its common stock on the Nasdaq National Market and other risks
detailed from time to time in periodic reports filed by SoftQuad with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities.
SoftQuad’s actual results could differ materially from management's
expectations because of such factors.

For further information on SoftQuad, please contact:

David Terry
ITPR (for SoftQuad Software)
(416) 642-6357

SoftQuad and XMetaL are registered trademarks of SoftQuad Software, Ltd.
MarketAgility is a trademark of SoftQuad Software, Ltd.  All other products
or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and
may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Heather Grant
Account Executive
214 King Street West, Suite 216
Toronto, ON  M5H 3S6
Tel: (416) 642-6353
Fax: (416)642-6361
Email: Heather@itpr.com

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