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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: XML suites to manage DocBook projects?

On Mon, Feb 11, 2002 at 10:41:40AM +0100, Kraa de Simon wrote:
> Hello,
> I was wondering what XML editors/suites are best suited to edit and "manage"
> a set of XML/XSL/... files that make up a "DocBook project".
> Currently I'm evaluating XMetaL 2.1 and XML Spy 4.3 Suite.
> I'm looking for a editor/suite that 'guides' the content author in the right
> direction based on the DTD as much as possible.
> E.g. XML Spy gives the following XML file when I create a new document (XML
> Spy adds <set>, <book>) and add a chapter (XML Spy adds <chapter>, <title>,
> <calloutlist>, <callout>).
> <set>
> 	<book>
> 		<title>test</title>
> 		<chapter>
> 			<title/>
> 			<calloutlist>
> 				<callout arearefs=""/>
> 			</calloutlist>
> 		</chapter>
> 	</book>
> </set>
> In XMetaL you will have to create the XML file from scratch.

In XMetal, you can do two things:

1.  Create standard template files for each of the kinds of
documents you want to create.  Then you can add those
templates to the File->New interface.  

2.  You can customize each element when it is inserted to
include any children or structure you want to add.
See Tools->Customizations->General->On Insert.
The customizations are associated with
the current DTD. 

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