XML News from Thursday, October 18, 2007

TreeStages has released XEntrant 0.2, a closed source, Windows "Model Driven XML Tree Editor" that supports W3C schemas and XSLT. Pricing does not seem to be available. XEntrant is written in Python and seems to make the same mistake 90% of XML editors have made over the last ten years; specifically the user interface is designed according to what the program's developers find easy to code rather than what the program's users would find easy to code in. Tree-based editors just aren't all that useful, but they're relatively easy to develop. Linear editors are much more useful, but they're also much harder to write.

Altova has released XMLSPY 2008, a $499-$999 payware XML editor for Windows. This release now supports the Office Open XML formats from Microsoft Office 2007. It also adds support for XInclude and XPointer.

Gerald Schmidt has released XML Copy Editor, a free-as-in-speech (GPL) XML editor for Windows and Linux. Features include DTD/XML Schema/RELAX NG validation, XSLT, XPath, pretty-printing, syntax highlighting, tag folding, tag completion, spell and style check, XHTML, XSL, DocBook and TEI, and Microsoft Word import and export. This release fixes bugs and improves Gnome integration.