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From "Ian R. Brandt" <>
Subject Re: XML Editor w/ Cocoon
Date Tue, 03 Oct 2000 13:56:50 GMT

Haven't tried it, but...


Berin Loritsch wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Greg Gallagher" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 4:21 PM
> Subject: XML Editor w/ Cocoon
> > Hello,
> >
> >    I'm trying to come up with a web publishing solution for my
> > company's intranet site using the least amount of resources.  Cocoon
> > was pretty attractive in that it was OpenSource and pretty damn cool.
> > I've installed it and been playing with it and basically I'm drooling
> > over it.  However, most if not 99.999% of the users who will be
> > inputing content/markup will not be able to deal with the markup
> > directly.  They _need_ some sort of an XML editor which allows them to
> > worry about structure and content first, and markup last.
> >    I've been researching various companies and I'd like to use a pretty
> > frontend for the users, such as Arbortext, to create the XML and to
> > use Cocoon/Apache/Jakarta to do the publishing.  In other words,
> > Cocoon meets with my publishing needs but doesn't really cover the
> > editing/creation of the XML and I couldn't really feed it Arbortext
> > XML without doing a lot of work on XSL's..
> If your people creating the XML are running Windows, try Softquad's
> XMetaL 2.0 offering.  I've evaluated it, and it makes generating the
> XML according to any DTD quite easy.  It costs ~$500, but for business
> analyst types or content types, it makes it almost as easy as editing
> Word documents.  It uses CSS to style the page while you are editing
> it, even though that is not the final solution you use.
> I have yet to see another editor out there that is as easy to use.
> Another product is Allaire's Homesite.  You still work with the text,
> but it is still easier than emacs/vi to the average user.  I have
> yet to see a quality open source solution for the same thing.  This
> is unfortunate, as I support open source as much as possible in my
> company.  I have successfully reimplemented the web site in Cocoon
> (not live yet), and the desire is for our admin to administer the
> text on the site.
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Ian R. Brandt
Senior Software Engineer
Genomics Collaborative, Inc.
99 Erie Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617)661-2400 Ext.2244
(617)661-8899 FAX

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