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Old October 6th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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Does anyone know where to get a freeware or shareware xml editor. Or even one at a low cost.

It is really cumbersome to manually code the text. I was hoping I could find something with a visual interface. Such as Microsoft Access is to Databases.

If anyone knows, I would appreciate it.

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Hi Ray,

Have never used one with a visual interface.

I think Altova XMLSpy Home Edition is free and has some nice features to make things a bit easier.

HTH,

Chris

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Hi Chris,

I'll check it out. thanks for the help. Out of curiousity, how do you input data for XMl?

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Hi Ray,

No problem.

The approach I would use for inputting data really tends to depend on the data.

I tend to hand code small files, however, when supplied with a lump of data in a database / excel / other format, I'll often knock up a script to convert the data to xml format.

Cheers,

Chris

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Hi Chris,

Do you have a script that makes the conversion from Excel to XML? CAn you tell me how to do it?

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Ray

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Yes Free Home Edition of XMLspy is available from the following URL

http://www.altova.com/support_freexmlspyhome.asp

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Hi Ray,

How you do things will depend on your excel file and the desired xml structure.

Most of the things I have had to convert in the past have been quite simple excel docs, I have usually saved these as tab delimited files, then read them line by line in a script, adding them to a dom object before saving the dom to create an xml file.

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Exchanger XML Editor provides a number of ways to import from various external data sources including structured text files, Excel spreadsheets and database tables - see http://www.exchangerxml.com/editor/pdf/ImportA4.pdf.

You may also be interested to know that Cladonia Limited, the publisher of Exchanger XML Editor, has released a free XML Editor for use in a non-commercial environment called Exchanger XML Lite.

The Lite edition is completely free for home, academic or non-profit use. No registration required, no 30-day usage limit.

Exchanger XML Lite is a Java-based product that provides comprehensive functionality for viewing, authoring and editing XML data and documents.

Features:
• Multi-document interface
• Comprehensive XSLT Debugger
• DTD, RelaxNG, XML Schema support
• XPath, XQuery, XSLT, XSL:FO, SVG, SOAP, WSDL
• Import from Database, Excel, text files
• XML Digital Signatures
• Generate schema from instance
• Generate instance from schema
• Emacs shortcuts

For more information visit http://www.freexmleditor.com

Alternatively, if you require a commercial license, or would like to try out the Grid or XML Diff/Merge functionality, then download the Exchanger XML Professional edition from http://www.exchangerxml.com and register for a 30-day trial license.


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