XML Authoring Tools, part 4


XMAX JustSystems

XMAX (XMetaL for ActiveX), is an embeddable ActiveX component designed for developers to integrate into custom environments. It is not an out-of-the-box authoring tool.

Authoring Experience

Users work in a familiar word-processing interface, while the underlying XML is hidden. XMAX can be configured to display parts or all of document using interactive forms. Menus, dialog boxes, stylesheets, and even Enter key behavior are fully customizable. Continuous validation maintains structure. XMAX can offer change tracking, revision-marking workflow features. Users view revisions with color-coding, then accept or reject them.

Integration Bits

Thin-client XMAX-based components can be integrated with dynamic web publishing systems, content management systems, and other business applications. Typically deployed in Internet Explorer or custom purpose-built application.

System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor: Pentium® class 1 GHz or better recommended
Memory: 64 MB of available RAM (overall requirements depend upon hosting XMAX application)
Hard disk space: 60 MB hard disk space
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher

Misc.

XMAX can be customized with standard scripting languages and CSS.
Design Science has partnered with JustSystems to create the MathFlow Editor that installs into XMetaL Author or XMAX, and can be used as fixed or concurrent (floating) licenses.
No demo demo version

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XMetaL Author JustSystems

XMetaL is the market-leading DITA-based authoring solution (though it can work with any schema or DTD). It is tightly integrated with Documentum and works with MathType.

Authoring/Integration

There are three versions of XMetaL to consider:
XMetaL Author Enterprise
XMetaL Author for Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
XMetaL Author Enterprise for Documentum Webtop

XMetaL provides a range of interfaces to EMC Documentum, facilitating the creation and management of content.  User accounts can be integrated/synchronized with Documentum. Authors can create a new documents using existing content components from Documentum. Users can assign metadata properties to content objects stored in the Documentum CMS from within the authoring interface. XMetaL supports the preview of output on the desktop, including checked out/work-in-progress content, using embedded DITA Toolkit. Direct access to Documentum library services is available from within the authoring interface, including access control, full text and metadata search, versioning, and check in/out. Authors can drag and drop topic, content references, images and multimedia from the Documentum repository (displayed inside XMetaL’s interface) directly onto the editing window. Validation procedures and business rules can be applied upon a variety of interaction points with the Documentum Content Server.

System Requirements

XMetaL Author Enterprise:
Operating System: Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor: Minimum Pentium class 1 GHz or better recommended
Memory: 1024 MB of available RAM
Hard disk space: Minimum 350 MB of disk space (800 MB recommended)
Explorer, version 6.00.2600.0000 +
XMetaL Author Enterprise for Documentum Webtop:
Client:
XMetaL Author Enterprise
Same system requirements as for ­XMetaL Author Enterprise. .
XMetaL Author for Documentum Web­top client installation
Same system requirements as Documentum Webtop – refer to your Documentum Webtop documentation.
Server:
Operating system: Windows 2000 Server SP4 or Windows 2003 Server
Documentum: Webtop 6.5 SP1 or Documentum: Webtop 6.0 SP1
Application server: Tomcat 5.5.x.x or 6.0.x.x
RDBMS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP2

Misc.

Design Science has partnered with JustSystems to create the MathFlow Editor that installs into XMetaL Author or XMAX, and can be used as fixed or concurrent (floating) licenses.
Demo version available for download.

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Xopus Xopus B.V.

Xopus uses Javascript plus XSL to create a customizable WYSIWYG XML editor in a browser. It is customizable and is used by educational publishers, including one of the largest in the Netherlands to author study guides and QTI content.

Authoring Experience

The Xopus “Purpose Specific User Interface” is completely customizable and is tailored to structural rules dictated by the DTD or Schema. Context-sensitive editing they call “pre-validation.” prevents structural errors. Xopus supports rich-text paste from Word.

Integration Bits

Works with any CMS, DTD, or schema. There are out-of-the-box integrations available for many server side systems and protocols.
The Xopus authoring tool is embedded into the DocZone.com environment as the default XML editor. DocZone.com is the industry’s first “Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)” XML content management platform.

System Requirements

PC: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista
Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 and Firefox 2 supported

Misc.

Xopus can render MathML output in browsers but it does not support editing in MathML. Math would have to be authored in another tool and brought into Xopus. Several flavors of Xopus are available in online demos.

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