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From Steven Noels <>
Subject [strawpoll] use of excelon/progress stylus studio
Date Thu, 13 Mar 2003 13:15:57 GMT

I've been contacted by Progress/Excelon to discuss some new features 
they are looking into adding in some upcoming version of Stylus Studio.

Most importantly (to me), they are aiming to provide full XML Entity 
Catalog support to v5 upon my request (OK, I used my Apache hat to 
motivate them), so that people can edit Forrest document-v11 docs 
without being peskered with unresolvable doctype declarations.

Related to my enquiry, the Excelon guy also suggested they would be 
willing to implement "better Cocoon support" inside Stylus, and we can 
all dream what that might be: sitemap syntax highlighting and 
completion, pipeline debugging, and whatnot. Their XSLT syntax 
completion is already quite nice, and they make use of Xalan/J and /C++ 
internally in their product.

Before starting to influence Excelon into some direction, I'd like to 
know whether Stylus is in heavy use by the Cocoon community. Please get 
back to me if you are using Stylus, and if you have compelling 
Cocoon-related questions/suggestions for them.

I don't know whether this is a Real Thing yet, but it might as well 
become one if we come up with some good stuff to add.

I have no relationship with Excelon/Progress except that Outerthought is 
an educational partner, and we are allowed to provide attendees of our 
XML/XSLT courses with a free copy of the tool.

Cheers, and thanks for any remarks.

Steven Noels                  
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center
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