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Re: XRay XSLT/XML editor

  • From: Chuck White <chuckwh@p...>
  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...>,XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@x...>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 09:45:23 -0800

xray xslt
I have to second this in a big, big way. The transformation results are
immediate, too, which I love, but what I like even more is the panel that
reports XML syntax errors as your typing. My biggest fear isn't that I'll
have to pay for it someday, but that some major vendor will get hold of it
and wreck it.

Chuck White
Mastering XML Premium Edition, Sybex Books
Internet Explorer 5 Developer's Guide, IDG Books

----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...>
To: "XML-Dev Mailing list" <xml-dev@x...>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 8:25 AM
Subject: XRay XSLT/XML editor

> Every now and then I find something that feels so right that I need to
> about it.  Michael Kay's XSLT book and Tony Graham's Unicode: A Primer
> in that category, but now I've got a bit of software I'm really happy
> Architag's XRay is a beautifully simple bit of work which makes
> XML and XSLT a lot easier.  It lets you put up multiple editing windows
> you documents and stylesheets, as well as output windows which let you see
> the raw transform results or a Web-browser view of those results if they
> happen to be HTML. As you make changes in one window, you see the results
> in another.  Going back and forth is easy, though I'm wishing my monitor
> wasn't a paltry 15" deal.
> I reported on it for XML.com as part of the XML 2000 show floor review,
> this is the first that I've had time to really use it.
> http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2000/12/xml2000/showfloor.html
> It's only for Windows, as I believe it uses Internet Explorer and MSXML
> (3.0 - support for real XSLT) underneath, and I don't know how well it'll
> scale.  It's probably not the best tool for managing transforms of 3.2MB
> documents using 1.1MB style sheets. There's very little extra support for
> writing here - it checks your work, but it doesn't do the work for you. On
> the other hand, it's really nice to see something which lets you do simple
> work simply.
> It's a beta (0.9.1), and I crashed it using the indent document feature.
> Otherwise, it's been stable.
> It's available, and for free, at:
> http://architag.com/xray/
> Leave it to a training company to come up with a tool like this, which
> assumes you have a brain and can use it with the help of immediate
> feedback!  Cool.
> Simon St.Laurent
> XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
> XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
> http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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