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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] XML editor

Hi all,

I just have to say that XMLMind editor (XXE) is very powerful because of its real-time CSS2 styling. As it provides for many XXE-specific extensions to CSS (like evaluating XPath expression in CSS generated text), one can do real tricks in highlighting the document structure of interest.

User can also switch between various styles of view during editing - one particular application which now comes on my XML mind is to use it to highlight DocBook profiling information according to various criteria by text background color. At one time I could choose to highlight according to the "userlevel" attribute, then switch to highlighting according to "os" attribute etc.

BTW - haven't anyone already did it? :-)

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Supun Gunasena wrote:

Hi Steve,


Your suggestions sound very interesting.  I have been waiting a long time for a Docbook to WordML and WordML to Docbook stylsheet, or editor that can do this.

I would love for someone to bring out a Docbook editor which is similar to Word.


Right now, I am using XML Mind as my front end editor and other technical writers are finding it very frustrating to use. It is very similar to Word-Perfect back in the day!


Please keep me informed on your latest developments with this front-end editor and stylesheets.


Thanks and regards



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-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Ball [mailto:Steve.Ball@explain.com.au]
Friday, 30 September 2005 10:18 a.m.
To: tom.kirkpatrick@virusbtn.com; ndecandu@rssd.dsa.int
Cc: Thomas, Ludger; DOCBOOK-APPS; Polly Ball
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] XML editor


Why not use MS Word as the front-end editor to your DocBook authoring system?


Bob Stayton and I have been working on a series of XSL stylesheets that allow roundtripping of DocBook documents through Word (or Apple's Pages).  That is, a stylesheet transforms a DocBook document into WordML (the XML format for MS Word 2003), and then another set of stylesheets transforms WordML back into DocBook.


These transformations can be done without loss of information, but only for a limited subset of DocBook (even more limited than Simplified DocBook).  However, for simple documents I believe this is sufficient for many authors.


I'm planning on these stylesheets shipping with the next DocBook XSL stylesheet distribution.  My company is also working on applications and tools to support use of these stylesheets, such as producing HTML and PDF from freshly-authored DocBook - contact me for further details if you're interested.



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On 30/09/2005, at 1:43 AM, tom.kirkpatrick@virusbtn.com wrote:

I too am on the look out for a Docbook editor. My requirement is that our editors - who know nothing of Docbook, need to be able to create and edit Docbook documents as if they were typing a word document... ie. easily... really easy

Tom Kirkpatrick
Web Developer - Virus Bulletin


On 30/09/2005, Nicola de Candussio <ndecandu@rssd.esa.int> wrote:

Hi all,


I am looking around for a XML editor able to provide some docbook oriented features (such as the html or pdf creation ), the editor should be oriented more to authors then developers.


Could you suggest me any good editor ?







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