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May 23, 2006

iText a Free Java-PDF library

Filed under: Java,Software — cangione @ 9:36 pm

iText is a good jar available under multiple license options: MPL and LGPL.

The classes are very useful for PDF cutting and assembly.

May 12, 2006

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML in Eclipse

Filed under: Eclipse,Software,XML — cangione @ 2:28 pm

Vex is an eclipse plug-in editor for XML documents that works with Docbook and DITA doctypes. Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing a word processor like interface.

In Eclipse Vex has it’s own perspective that provides a panel for attributes of an element, an xpath status bar at the bottom of the editor that provides the current context within the document and an outline view of the major divisions.

In short, a nice XML editor for simple XML document creation.

Screen Shot:

May 9, 2006

Docbook to DITA Info

Filed under: XML — cangione @ 9:12 pm

A few links about converting Docbook data to DITA:

May 5, 2006

Adding URL Menu Item to Arbortext Editor

Filed under: ACL — cangione @ 3:17 pm

This example shows how to add a URL as a menu item using ACL in Arbortext Editor:

<tt>menu_add &quot;.Help.&quot; &quot;W3C Technical Reports&quot;</tt>
<tt> -cmd {browse_url('<a HREF=""></a>')}</tt>

May 4, 2006

NcFTP Nice Replacement for FTP

Filed under: Linux,Software — cangione @ 12:24 pm

NcFTP is an enhanced FTP client that has some nice command line features like displaying the size of the file and the percentage complete.

May 3, 2006

XSLT vs XQuery

Filed under: XSLT — @ 5:44 pm

Blog item that examines XQuery vs XSLT.

I would add to the insights here that XSLT is designed for transformations while XQuery was designed to find things that are not necessarily in the current instance you are working with but also not necessarily in a CMS or database.

An additional article from Michael Kay on the same subject.

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