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Re: [xml-dev] XML tools

Hi Jonathan:

I agree with everything you said.  I also like Stylus Studio and Oxygen.
I like the graphical view of XML Spy - although it SPY annoys me because it
does it's own thing with white space and I am pretty picky about how
I want my files to look and don't like tools touching the white space.

I consider XML Spy, Oxygen and Stylus Studio to be development tools
and I wouldn't expose an author to these tools but would recommend
XMetaL (Justsystems just bought XMetal), Epic or SernaText or other
XML authoring tool, i.e., Framemaker + XML, depending on the

I am hoping that Justsystems purchase of XMetal will breath some life
back into the product.  For the last few years it has been like XMetaL
didn't exist.

Maybe you can have some influence with your company to add RelaxNG
and Schematron support on Stylus Studio.  I am finding that Schematron
is becoming really popular and am writing a lot of Schematron these
days.  Oxygen, AFAIK, is the only industrial strength tool that
supports Schematron.


> For data integration, XQuery support, defining pipelines, writing
> schemas, or debugging XSLT stylesheets, I really like Stylus Studio. I
> do work for the company that produces this, fair disclosure, but I
> really think this is the best XML tool for programmers working with XML.
> For writing documents, I agree with the people who like <oXygen/>, which
> I frequently use for writing articles and specifications.
> If you need a WYSIWYG editing environment, I still like my old copy of
> XMeTaL, though I have no idea who owns it at this point or whether
> anybody is doing new work on it. <oXygen/> does not give me that nice
> WYSIWYG feature. Anyone know what's up wiht XMeTaL these days? Are there
> any new editors that do the same job better?
> I have not used the Serna product someone mentioned. I'm downloading it
> now ...
> Jonathan
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