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NewsForge: Review: Conglomerate XML Editor Reaches Basic Functionality

Jan 18, 2006, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)


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"Graphical XML editors generally take one of two paths. Ones like FrameMaker with SGML provide a tree-like structure that is often more arcane than editing the raw files. Others, like XMetal, offer a graphical interface whose resemblance to a standard word processor can be equally misleading. By contrast, Conglomerate takes a different approach with a graphical representation of XML structure that no one could mistake for anything else. Currently at version 0.9.1, Conglomerate still has rough edges, but enough basic functionality to suggest the potential of its approach.

"The New button in Conglomerate opens a wizard for selecting the type of XML document to open. The emphasis is on DocBook, with selections for an article, book, or set of books. However, users can also select Random Document to see a sample of other XML DTDs that have not been fully integrated into the program, such as Apache documentation, an XSL stylesheet, and XHTML..."

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