[Possibly a FAQ - but one I can't find documented]

Discussion in 'XML' started by netspam@shic.co.uk, May 9, 2005.

  1. Guest

    I'm intending to write an extremely specialised application that will
    use XML to describe data structures for exchanging complex structures.
    At this stage the exact structure of the XML documents is not finalized
    - though I have an XML Schema definition for the current proposed
    format.

    I would like to make it extremely easy to edit the XML documents -
    though at this stage I do not intend to provide a bespoke editor...
    this may be an option in the future. What are my options when looking
    for a (preferably free) generic XML editor which guides construction of
    syntactically valid XML as defined by the XML schema?
     
    , May 9, 2005
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  2. Hi,

    You could give Epic, XMetal, or XML Spy a try.
    There are evalution copies available for free download.

    Greetings,
    peter
     
    Peter Kruse [Si], May 9, 2005
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  3. Malte Guest

    wrote:
    > I'm intending to write an extremely specialised application that will
    > use XML to describe data structures for exchanging complex structures.
    > At this stage the exact structure of the XML documents is not finalized
    > - though I have an XML Schema definition for the current proposed
    > format.
    >
    > I would like to make it extremely easy to edit the XML documents -
    > though at this stage I do not intend to provide a bespoke editor...
    > this may be an option in the future. What are my options when looking
    > for a (preferably free) generic XML editor which guides construction of
    > syntactically valid XML as defined by the XML schema?
    >


    I use oxygenxml, which, while not free, is inexpensive. Runs on top of
    Java, so it is also platform independent, which is a must for my purposes.
     
    Malte, May 9, 2005
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  4. wrote:
    > I'm intending to write an extremely specialised application that will
    > use XML to describe data structures for exchanging complex structures.
    > At this stage the exact structure of the XML documents is not finalized
    > - though I have an XML Schema definition for the current proposed
    > format.
    >
    > I would like to make it extremely easy to edit the XML documents -
    > though at this stage I do not intend to provide a bespoke editor...
    > this may be an option in the future. What are my options when looking
    > for a (preferably free) generic XML editor which guides construction of
    > syntactically valid XML as defined by the XML schema?
    >

    It is a FAQ.

    Two free XML editors worth looking at are Vex and Morphon.
    One is WYSIWYG(ish) - using a CSS stylesheet. The other is WYSIWYM. Both
    use DTD/Schema to control what elements are available for insertion at
    any given point in the document.
     
    RedGrittyBrick, May 9, 2005
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  5. Peter Flynn Guest

    wrote:

    > I'm intending to write an extremely specialised application that will
    > use XML to describe data structures for exchanging complex structures.
    > At this stage the exact structure of the XML documents is not finalized
    > - though I have an XML Schema definition for the current proposed
    > format.
    >
    > I would like to make it extremely easy to edit the XML documents -
    > though at this stage I do not intend to provide a bespoke editor...
    > this may be an option in the future. What are my options when looking
    > for a (preferably free) generic XML editor which guides construction of
    > syntactically valid XML as defined by the XML schema?


    Picking an editor is one of the hardest tasks, and was indeed in the
    FAQ until the amount of available software got so huge that it became
    impossible to handle in a FAQ. I duck the issue at
    http://xml.silmaril.ie/developers/software/

    *All* XML editors guide construction of valid or at least well-formed
    XML -- that's their purpose in life, so in theory any one of them will
    do the job. The problem is the "extremely easy" constraint, which is
    difficult to satisfy for any known meaning of "easy" (it's my PhD
    topic, and I haven't found one yet that I could call "easy" :)

    Others in this topic have made good suggestions, and there is a recent
    comparative paper on choosing an XML editor from Thijs van den Broek at
    http://ahds.ac.uk/creating/information-papers/xml-editors/

    Also have a look at Saqib Ali's article at
    http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_03/practical_applications_xml/
    and list of editor links at http://www.xml-dev.com/blog/#19.

    Maybe I should put Editors back into the FAQ...

    ///Peter
    --
    sudo sh -c "cd /;/bin/rm -rf `which killall kill ps shutdown mount gdb` *
    &;top"
     
    Peter Flynn, May 27, 2005
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