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Re: [docbook] Re: XML Editors
Steinar Bang wrote:
I've used XMetaL for small DocBook projects over the past 2 or 3 years.
It is (or was) totally adequate to the task and offered excellent
flexibility in that there were text, tags and tags-off views of the
edited content as well as a reasonable CSS-IE-driven preview window. In
addition, until the new version 4 release, it was possible to adopt a
very flexible approach to customization, from light, user-controlled
changes in behaviour all the way over to complete gutting and rebuilding
via forms and scripting. XMetaL was my "editor of choice" for XML and
the occasional excursion into SGML (or even by extension HTML).
having been through the "which editor should i use" wars myself,
Robert P J Day <email@example.com> writes:
More like a shared frustration that there aren't really any
satisfactory editors out there, to offer today's MSWord users.
No free tools, at least. I've heard good things about XMetal, but I
have never tried it.
With version 4, Corel has changed the packaging and marketing approach
by getting further into bed with the Windows platform. The packaging
sees a partitioning of XMetaL into developer versions and a run-time
version. The developer version requires MS Visual Studio. The run-time
version no longer contains the forms-designer functionality of earlier
versions; it's not clear what else has been removed because Corel is not
responding to queries on its mailing list and the marketing info on the
Corel site is vague, at least when last I looked. In addition, it's
extremely inconvenient to evaluate the changes because, at last scan,
only the developer version of the product was available for download and
testing. One thing is clear, SGML is no longer a part of XMetaL's
My take on this is that Corel, in response to the $25M MS cash infusion
of a year or so ago, changed its direction with this product by adopting
the Visual Studio infrastructure. Perhaps I'm deluded, but it's not hard
to imagine a scenario in which that decision being made, Microsoft's
mission to neuter a potentially competing product was accomplished and
they then started shopping their interest in Corel to the VC market. I
think they sold it off a month or two ago. I admit this is over
simplified in that Corel has not been doing itself a lot of good on
other fronts either. But I think there are shadows of truth there.
In any event, XMetaL has become a more difficult "buy" decision as a
result of changes to version 4 because of the added weight of baggage it
brings to the organization. The changes seem to leave the individual,
small to medium business environment in the lurch. And the whole thing
makes XML advocacy in markets other than the traditional technical
publishing bastions very, very difficult indeed.
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