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SGML DTDs Development Tool

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SGML DTDs Development Tool



Dear Adepters,

I'm creating a new SGML DTD and I'm looking for a development tool for this
process.
I've tried Turbo XML (TIBCO - which is included in DOC Architect
installation CD) and XMLSPY (Altova). They're both fine, but are XML
oriented and do not parse SGML DTDs correctly.
I've used NEAR&FAR in the "old times", for documentation and block
diagrams, but it seems to be no longer available.

Does anybody know any friendly tool that could help in SGML DTD
development, validation and documentation?

Thanks,

Antonio Bessa
Tech Pubs - Embraer - SJC
abessa@embraer.com.br
9 REPLIES 9

I haven't used Epic Architect for a long time, but doesn't it still do SGML DTDs? That is, Epic Architect without the TIBCO stuff.

Ed,

Epic does do SGML DTDs, but what I think Antonio is looking for is a DTD
tool that provides a graphical presentation of the DTD and its elements.
Most new tools will do this, but only for XML.

Antonio,

take a look at DTD2HTML (search the Web), an example can be seen at

There used to be a product called "Near and Far", but I don't remember who made it. It would do flowchart-type graphics for SGML DTDs. It would even do really large charts on multiple 8.5 X 11 sheets, so you could tape them together. If it's still around, it might only do XML, but maybe an older version would still be available, or maybe it still does SGML, if it still exists.

I remember now. It was made by Microstar. I don't even thing Microstar exists today. www.microstar.com is some crappy web search page or something.

Yes, It is Microstar. I use it quite often and it handles XML and SGML quite
well. The only snag is the way it deals with catalogs, but for the rest it
is quite similar to the DTD editor of WordPerfect 9.0.

JUAN GABRIEL

-----Mensaje original-----

Microstar Software Ltd. was purchased by Open Text Corporation. A search of their website (www.opentext.com) yields nothing about Near and Far. I think it's dead.


Microstar SW-group was aquired by OpenText, indeed. N&F was available for a
while from Opentext, but has vanished. As you said Ed, it is dead..

Martti


Here's Microstar's old contact information:

Microstar Softwre Ltd.
3775 Richmond Road
Nepean, Ontario
Canada
K2H 5B7
Tel (613) 596-2233
Fax (613) 596-5934
US and Canada 1-800-267-9975

Email info@microstar.com
web www.microstar.com

>>> gsananes@planeta-actimedia.es 09/30/04 10:56AM >>>
Yes, It is Microstar. I use it quite often and it handles XML and SGML
quite
well. The only snag is the way it deals with catalogs, but for the rest
it
is quite similar to the DTD editor of WordPerfect 9.0.

JUAN GABRIEL

-----Mensaje original-----


Stylus Studio *might* work. There's a trial version available from them (see http://www.stylusstudio.com/dtd.html).

There's also a product called Ventura Publisher that included Near & Far for a time. I think the product is still available from Corel (http://www.corel.com/), but I don't know what features it includes.

>> Randy
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