XML News from Thursday, March 29, 2007

Code Synthesis has released XSD/e 1.0, a free-as-in-speech (GPL) C++ schema validating XML parser for embedded environments.

Matthew Cruickshank has released Docvert 3.11, a PHP program that converts various word processor formats including Microsft Word to Oasis OpenDocument v1.0 format. From there it can optionally proceed to HTML or DocBook. PHP 5.0 or later and various plugins are required.

Dave Beckett has released the Raptor RDF Parser Toolkit 1.4.15, an open source C library for parsing the RDF/XML, N-Triples. Turtle, and Atom Resource Description Framework formats. It uses expat or libxml2 as the underlying XML parser. This release adds new serializers for Turtle and GraphViz DOT. This release updates the GRDDL parser to support the latest working draft. Raptor is dual licensed under the LGPL and Apache 2.0 licenses.

RealObjects has released PDFreactor 2.0.1544.3, a $2494 payware "formatting processor for converting XML and XHTML/HTML documents into PDF. It uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define page layout and styles" which distinguishes it from most other similar solutions which are based on XSL. SVG is also supported, and XSLT fits in somehow I don't quite understand. New features in this release include .NET and PHP APIs, HTML form and Acroform support, CSS namespace selectors, data URIs, tagged PDF, CMYK colors, 2D barcodes, images in generated content, and resizing of background images.

Andrea Marchesini has released libnxml 0.17.1, a C library for parsing, writing, and creating XML 1.0 and 1.1. This is a bug fix release. libnxml is published under the LGPL.

Kiyut has released Sketsa 4.2.1, a $49 payware SVG editor written in Java. Version 4.2.1 fixes bugs. Java 5 or later is required.