Documentation file format

John Ralls jralls at
Mon Dec 16 10:05:08 EST 2013

On Dec 16, 2013, at 5:15 AM, Mike Evans <mikee at> wrote:

> On Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:58:21 -0500
> Mike Alexander <mta at> wrote:
>> On Dec 15, 2013, at 8:13 AM, Geert Janssens <janssens-geert at> wrote:
>>> Or if we want to stick with docbook, I searched for docbook wysiwyg. Most editors are 
>>> proprietary and pricey. But there is also serna-free [1], which claims to be a near wysiwyg 
>>> editor that can handle docbook 4 (according to a nabble thread from last year August [2]). I 
>>> haven't had time to experiment with it though.
>> They certainly are expensive.  I used to be a developer on Arbortext's Epic product, now marketed as PTC Arbortext Editor.  It would be a good tool for this, but it is very expensive.  It's also essentially Windows only (there used to be a Linux version, but I'm not sure it's still maintained).  Things like that would perhaps be overkill for this anyway.  They are designed for very complex documents, like an aircraft parts manual.  Because of this, they assume a support staff that can help with setup and customization.
>> There is a page at <> that lists a few cheap or free DocBook editors.  Also <> claims there is a free personal edition of  , but I can't find it.
>>            Mike
> XMLMind's XXE can be found via:

True, but it's non-obvious. The links to XMLEditor Personal Edition are on the download pages, linked at the bottom of this page.
I'll review it later.

John Ralls

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