|XMLCities, Inc. has introduced XMLMaker Suite, a comprehensive software
package designed for XML and document professionals to convert unstructured
documents into high-quality XML content. According to the announcement,
XMLMaker Suite, unlike other XML editors or authoring tools, provides a
genuine "non-intrusive" XML-creation experience that doesn't require authors
and content creators to change or add template plug-ins to their familiar
word-processing tools. While the benefits of XML content are widely acknowledged,
the complexity of XML markup and the lack of XML-savvy professionals have
led to the industry-standard practice of forcing authors and other content
creators to use specialized word-processing tools built into XML-publishing
suites or to utilize restrictive templates for content generation.
XMLMaker Suite uses automated and intuitive XML-conversion features
that enable the adoption of XML publishing without requiring companies
to discard popular word-processing tools. The comprehensive suite includes
distinct modules for DTD (Document Type Definition) creation and offers
the flexibility of editing during the conversion process. It also provides
an intuitive WYSIWYG interface for easy Select-n-Click XML tagging, XML
editing for validation and quality control, and advanced XSLT (eXtensible
Style Language Transfer) design for XML-to-XML transformation and advanced
"XMLCities has a unique and valid approach to XML publishing that sets
them apart in the industry," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink,
Inc., an XML consulting firm. "Particularly effective for highly unstructured
content like news, education, financial, and legal information, XMLCities'
non-intrusive XML-conversion approach makes XML publishing an extremely
beneficial solution for many organizations looking to integrate XML into
their operations without requiring an overhaul of people."
According to the announcement, XMLMaker Suite directly accepts RTF and
Adobe PDF files for XML conversion to provide an easy, versatile format
for widespread XML content deployments. The XDTD Editor enables users to
create, edit, or import DTDs that work in combination with the Select-n-Click
tagging feature to allow XML markups to be accomplished faster than manual
XML editing tools. XMLMaker Suite may also work with third-party XML editing
tools for easy integration into existing document-management systems or
for other specialized requirements.
The integrated XSLTMaker module provides a tool for XML-to-XML transformation
for business-to-business integration, as well as conversion into any output
format—including HTML, WAP, and cHTML—for advanced Internet-publishing
solutions. Users load a specific output DTD, and the drop-down menus will
customize the creation of XSLT for the target end result. The module offers
a full, open XSLT editing environment that supports the complete XSLT feature
set. According to the announcement, XSLTMaker can also edit existing XSLT
files and then output and validate any markup format, facilitating faster
work flows and providing a tool for XML-based Web site management.
Source: XMLCities, Inc., Milpitas, CA, 408/934-7878; http://www.xmlcities.com.