Re: XML editor with entity abilities

Subject: Re: XML editor with entity abilities
From: "Marroc Danderfluff" <marrocdanderfluff -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:33:51 +0100

>----- Paul Nagai wrote -----
>I'm pretty sure Arbortext Epic Editor ( will do what
>you're looking to do. We don't use file system file entities ... we use
>Documentum ( to manage assembly/bursting of >virtual
documents, but it is a comparable strategy.
>Both of these solutions are "Enterpri$e" tools: They typically require
>consulting services and dedicated support staff in-house after the fact.

Thanks everyone for your responses, and thanks Paul. This is the kind of
information I am looking for. I am interested in approaches. We can find the
money if needs be.

As for the solution, I want it to be repository independent. I'm thinking on
my feet here but, I think I want to 'check-out' the files into filestore,
some read-only some read-write for editing. I then want the editor tool to
indicate the write status of the entities (perhaps by greying their
contents) but allow you to work on the entire doc.

I'm going to talk with Arbourtext and see what they can offer. In the
meantime, does anyone else have ideas?


-----Original Message-----
From: Marroc Danderfluff
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 8:28 AM
Subject: XML editor with entity abilities

Hi all,

I have a knotty problem to solve. I want to use an XML file to contain the
structure of a document while the content is contained in separate entity
files. I am talking about DocBook but I guess it is a general XML question.

Here is the kind of structure I want to work with:
<entity filename="content1.txt">
<entity filename="content2.txt">
<entity filename="content3.txt">

Which would relate to a filestore with following files:
book.xml, content1.txt, content2.txt, content3.txt

The entities might contain something similar to:
<Title>Title text</Title>
<Para>Content here</Para>
<Table.... you get the idea

So, by having the entities separate, I can develop more than one structure
file to reference the content files and therefore reuse the content for
variant publications.

Sound good?

Now, my solution must work for a team of authors so I have further
requirements as follows:
- I want a WYSIWYM editor that can work with content entities

- I want to be able to edit the structure with the entity <Title> elements
showing (like MS Word's outline view) for ease of use

- I want to be able to edit the entities in-line in the book using WYSIWYM
but with the structure file and/or other entities locked for changes
(concurrent working by multiple authors)

Can anyone help me by suggesting tools I can investigate or approaches that
may work? Has anyone done this before? I imagine it is a well trodden route
but I can't find anything on the web. My mind is like an empty bucket
waiting to be filled!

Thanks in advance,


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