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   Re: [xml-dev] XML-appropriate editing data structures

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Bob Foster wrote:

> Others find XML text too far from the final result. E.g., if one is 
> writing books, one may prefer to edit a simile of a book, ditto if one 
> is creating graphics, writing music, designing a house, filling out a 
> form. To call this a desire for "WYSIWYG" would, I think, be misleading. 
> What people in this category seem to say is that they need the ability 
> to visualize the "transform target" of the XML while they are writing 
> it. If they can get the whole job done by directly editing the target, 
> so much the better; but simultaneous visualization is a baseline 
> requirement. Len, if I understood him correctly, suggested that an ideal 
> editor would be multi-modal, allowing visualization in all the 
> application-specific domains a document traverses.

This is what Xopus does. It allows you to edit directly in the 
transformation result of XSLT transformations. The transformation result 
can be something simple f.e. DocBook-like formatted text, or something 
more complex like an orgchart. You can switch between several XSLTs and 
Xopus even supports XSLT pipelines and does XInclude resolving.

Take a look at http://www.xopus.com/demo/
(Zero install. Requires Windows IE 5.5 or higher)

Sjoerd Visscher


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