Going to Extremes
Geeks in tweed and metadata maniacs, shapers of the future of structured
information representation. The recent Extreme Markup Languages conference had it
Alschuler was there and reports back on the Topic Maps and RDF head-to-head.
Schema Repositories: What's at Stake? Part II
Key to the success of repositories are a common framework for business messages
and interoperable schemas. How are XML.org and BizTalk affected by these, and what
prompting companies to invest large sums of money in the repository projects?
Last Word on Last Call - The Specification's Problems
Hynet Relaunches Directive
Directive is a tool for managing long documents at the component level, primarily
for the purpose of publishing them in different formats.
Chrystal Embraces FrameMaker with Canterbury
Canterbury takes the core Astoria engine, which runs on the Object Design
database, and adapts it to FrameMaker.
Softquad buys Softquad
Softquad International sells HTML/XML business to employees and a private
W3C completes DOM specification
Last month the W3C released a recommendation for the Document Object Model Level
1, a key component of the XML family of standards.
Infrastructures for Information/Grif
Review of i4i S4 and Grif SGML Editor
Review of Excosoft Documentor
Vervet Logic's XML Pro
Review of XML Pro
Review of EditTime
Stilo's SGML Editor
Review of WebWriter
The XML Scoop on Office 9
First look at the Office 9 and its support of HTML and XML
Seybold Looks at XML Editors
List of links to coverage and vendor sites
Reviewing Structured Editors - Part Deux
Follow up coverage on structured editors with empasis on products shown at
SGML/XML Europe in May.
XMetaL: XML Word Processing Comes into Focus
SoftQuad's XMetaL is an attempt to offer developers and integrators a word
processing solution for XML documents. How well does it fit that role?
Sidebar-The Microsoft Effect
For better or worse, by dint of their unique position in the industry,
Microsoft's actions carry more weight than those of other software companies.
Schema Repositories: What's at Stake?
Why exactly are schema repositories useful? How do Microsoft's BizTalk and
OASIS's XML.org compare, and are they both missing the point?
Last Word on Last Call
The W3C's XML Schemas specification has just exited its Last Call phase, drawing
many comments in the process. Everyone agrees on the urgency of this work, yet opinion
widely divided over the current draft. Liora Alschuler investigates.
Topic maps have made a big splash at XML Europe this year, with fourteen
presentations and two tutorials. Find out what they are, who's behind them, and why
Setting the Standard
We all know standards are important for XML, but what about the people who make
them? Liora Alschuler investigates the options for processes, structure, and financial
support in standards-setting organizations.
A Sneak Preview of XMetaL 2.0
Last week at XTech 2000, SoftQuad demonstrated a preview of the next release of
their XMetaL XML editor. Liora Alschuler reports on what to expect in XMetaL
The market is the question
So what is the market for these XML editors?
Stucture within formatted pages: FrameMaker and Interleaf
Two long time rivals in page composition get the XML religion.
Seeking Refuge: Documentor and EditTime
Two European stalwarts try to crack the US market.
Arbortext’s EPIC Work
EPIC combines Structured editing with sophisticated content
XMetaL: Wouldn’t it be loverly?
A structured editor with a word processing GUI.
XML Working Group Reorganized
The W3C has completed a reorganization of the XML working group.
Developers Driving XML in Montreal
The XML Developers Conference in Montreal, convened by XML WG Chair Jon Bosak and
sponsored by the GCA, was a great opportunity to cover the many fronts of XML
Structured Editors: Conclusion
If these products are indeed viable, it is possible that within a year we may at
last see real, new alternatives for writing structured documents that work in print
richly linked hypertext.
Support for XML in mainstream products
Another indication of change in the editorial marketplace is support for XML from
mainstream editing vendors.
Interleaf prepares BladeRunner
BladeRunner is the code name of the Interleaf XML product that is in development
and was shown for the first time at XML '98.
SoftQuad previews XMetaL prototype
While not yet solid code, SoftQuad's XMetaL represents a solid decision to pursue
XML editing by the company best known for its HTML editor, HoTMetaL, and first known
SGML editor, Author/Editor.
XED: an editor for those who love the keyboard
Stretching the continuum of XML editors toward simplicity, XED is an editor for
fast keyboarding of well-formed XML in a lightweight, cost-free tool.
Xerox sets its sights on distributed authoring
Xerox's Raven is a prototype of an XML editor developed as a research project
within one of Xerox's technical publications departments.
Hot on the trail
Four products for writing structured documents which were announced at XML
Will XML make structured editing any more mainstream than it was with SGML? A
trip to the XML '98 Conference in Seattle, WA, uncovered four new products and shed
where this market is headed.
Perspecta takes fresh approach to using XML metadata to navigate content
Perspecta, a San Francisco start-up selling technology first developed at the MIT
Media Lab, has added XML support to the company’s SmartContent System, a platform
managing and navigating large information repositories.
Netscape Puts XML Support in Mozilla
On March 30, Netscape Communications released on its Web site the source code for
Mozilla, which, in days past, would have been known as Communicator 5.0.
Object Design Ships eXcelon
New XML Tools on IBM Alphaworks Site
IBM has extended its support for XML by posting a free XML data editor called
Xeena on its alphaworks Web site.
Arbortext Goes Freeform
The next release of Arbortext Adept Editor will ship with the capacity to edit
and display DTD-less and stylesheet-less XML documents.
Sun, Adobe Post $90,000 Prize for XSL Implementation
Frustrated with the slow pace of application development for rendering XML
content, Sun Microsystems and Adobe are offering $90,000 in grants to individuals
corporations who can deliver applications to jumpstart XSL.
XTech '99: Momentum Builds in the IT Sector
This year, at both Xtech and Seybold Seminars, the browser implementations were
overshadowed by XML adoption by other heavyweights in the computer industry.
How Hot is this Metal?
A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of XMetaL.
A Stickler for Rules
XMetaL insists that you follow its rules; it doesn't allow you to edit documents
without a DTD.
A Tour of XMetaL
A tour of the basic features of XMetaL and its interface.
Editors at XML '98
A review of the latest changes in the market for structured editing
Wrapping Up 1998
As the year draws to a close, the XML.com editorial staff reviews recent
progress--and lack of progress--in XML technology.