Thousands of authors worldwide are using Arbortext Editor to gener- ate quality, accurate and up-to-date product information, such as operator manuals. Arbortext’s Epic Editor is a very polished editor that can be integrated with digital asset management systems and high-end compositing systems. A screenshot is . Deliver a “compact”, ActiveX version of Arbortext Editor that can be downloaded “ on demand” and integrated into a web-based application. • Launch as a.

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The oven in this metaphor is a transformation program that reads the stylesheet and input document and outputs a result document. So you have two ways inside IE to edifor decent presentation, making it an invaluable development tool. The language is generic, using rules and templates to describe what to output for various element types.

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On the left is an outline view of the book, in which you can quickly zoom in on a particular element, open it, collapse it, and move it around. The layout is easy to customize and easy to use.

The parser reads the XML and calls on your program to handle each new item in the stream, hence the name stream processing. The trick is how to get from your XML to one of these formats.

After running the telegram example through FOP with this stylesheet, Figure is the result.


It’s a BIG paradigm shift from traditional authoring. The “pull” technique allows the program to access parts of the document in any order.

Any parser worth its salt should complain noisily about the errors in this example. Automatic browser-based drafts with unlimited reviewers. Unlike HTML, which marks up data based on appearance, it describes its contents as data objects with types, names, and values, which is much more handy for computer processing. Transformation requires two things: Client side dynamic help?

The act of changing XML from one form to another is called transformation. The features of structure and validity checking can be taken too far. The parser looks up the source and pops it into the document for parsing. Lennart Stafflin has written an XML plug-in for it called psgml, available at http: Your homework for this week is to prove Newton’s theory of gravitation: The next level of parsing occurs when the tags and symbols have been identified and now affect the internal checking mechanisms of the parser.

Having an editor that formats content nicely for example, making titles large and bold means that someone must write and maintain a stylesheet. But the truth is, people use paper now more than ever. Then you might buy into a suite of high-end editing systems like Epic or FrameMaker. I usually just check well-formedness and rely on the XSLT processor to tell me when it thinks the grammar is wrong.

1.4 How Do I Get Started?

The only limitation is whether it supports the character set used by the document. Tree processingas we call it, gives you a long-lasting representation of the document’s data and markup. Besides using a programming library or command-line tool, you could also use a web browser for its built-in XSLT transformer. SOAP is a way for browsers to trade complex data packages with servers. Database integration is another tuorial to consider.


As you can see in Figurethe window sports several panes. For example, tutoeial element start tag tells the parser to store the name of the element in a memory structure called a stack. Learning Arbortext Epic is fairly easy if you are provided training. Every program that works with XML first has to parse it.

These are just a few of the many XML editors available. Like Morphon’s editor, it uses CSS to format the text displayed. The elements that start with xsl: There are many exciting possibilities.

Full online discussions — no Web server needed! A screenshot is shown in Figure Your XML document, which is marked up for describing structure and information, says nothing about the appearance. If you are a developer, it is not hard to use XML parsers in your code.