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Internet Week: XML Comes Of Age [Tools Review]

Aug 16, 1999, 19:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Rist)

A review of Visual-XML, XML Authority, XML Spy, XMetaL, and XML Pro, by Oliver Rist, "contributing technical editor at InternetWeek and technical director of Grand Central Networks Labs."

"while we loved the fact that we could edit and validate DTDs, with XML Spy, we were a bit disturbed that it manages this feat only via Microsoft's MSXML Parser. For the moment, this is still a fairly standards-neutral solution, but, given Microsoft's track record in the open Web standards department, we're leery of MSXML as a long-term standard."

"Available only as a Web download, XML Spy is quickly gaining attention in the shareware community."

"In this roundup, SoftQuad Software Inc.'s XMetaL stands out from the rest of the pack in that it's not just a generic XML development tool. This package was designed to let non-XML-proficient writers create XML content or data as easily as they would use a word processor. In fact, we'd classify the product as an XML word processor. While the results attainable by using it aren't perfect, they're pretty close. XMetaL represents a great step in the direction of broad audience XML usability."

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