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Subject: [ANNC] UBLish v2.0.alpha Available

*2008 Sep 22*

UBLish v2.0.alpha is now available for early download!

UBLish v2.0.alpha is an inter-schema helper (ish) software that assists 
in conversions from UBL spreadsheet models into various derivatives like 
UBL schemas, customized schemas, XML-Spreadsheets, and generation of 
random test instances.  It is an open-sourced project made available 
under Apache License.

This alpha version is an early release which mainly features 
XML-Spreadsheet capability under the "Spreadsheet->XML" menu.  This 
feature transforms spreadsheet content into ready-to-use XML-Spreadsheet 
format from which users could apply their favorite or even in-house 
power tools to make derivative works such as:

    * UBL schema,
    * customized schema,
    * other non-W3C schemas (eg RelaxNG),
    * test instances,
    * UML diagrams,
    * other XML representations,
    * visual images,
    * software help texts,
    * others

Different users with differing needs and current capabilities could then 
leverage on their knowhow and transform the spreadsheet content into 
various other forms that fit them, instead of waiting or searching for a 
tool that transforms directly from spreadsheet into the final form.  It 
would be exactly what XML interchange has been designed to do.  The 
usage is really up to imagination!

UBLish v2.0.alpha also features entire directory conversion.  By 
allowing user to specify a directory of spreadsheets (which may be in 
the tens or hundreds of files), UBLish becomes a simple productivity 
tool to transform important data stored in spreadsheets into simple, 
easy-to-use XML-Spreadsheet format to provide more channels of accesses 
to the spreadsheets' content.

All comments, suggestions, feedbacks, bugs, etc are most welcome!

Chin Chee-Kai

UBLish v2.0.alpha (Download):

UBLish Project Site:

XML-Spreadsheet Format Description:

Kopio Project Site:

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