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Looking for: XML to Form - round trip editor

Looking for a tool that can edit an XML file in a browser. The basic
requirement is that the XML file is rendered as an HTML form with
editable fields (including add/delete, preferably in accordance with
with the document's XSD/DTD or other schema definition). I don't mind
the actual form of this tool - could be implemented as a JSP/Servlet,
ASP component, or browser plug-in for local or remote XML file access.
Alternatively, it doesn't have to be a web browser or HTML as the GUI,
but it does need to be form-based (as opposed to element-tree based
like most simple XML editors).

My initial feeling that something like this would be ubiquitous and
freely available seems to have hit up against a different reality
after a day of looking. Perhaps tool writers are waiting for
standards to progress in this area (XForm ?). Perhaps I'm looking in
the wrong places ?

As an example of what I'm looking for, the closest thing I've found is
described in this series of articles :
http://www.xmlfiles.com/articles/mic...ml/default.asp (this
example uses the Microsoft.XMLDOM asp component)

What's missing here is that the generated HTML form simply reflects
the current XML document instance, and does not allow for
modifications allowable by the XSD/DTD unless they are currently in
the XML document instance. For example, it doesn't give a button to
add an additional element, if this is allowed by the maxOccurrence in
the XSD.

So what I want does this:
- open user-specified XML doc
- (optionally) open XSLT doc for custom GUI/form rendering
- open XSD or DTD doc
- render GUI form containing XML data in accordance with optional XSTL
doc
- allow use of HTML/javascript(or other) controls to change/add/delete
elements/paramenters/data etc., within the confines of the XSD/DTD
- transform form data back to XML format, valid per XSD/DTD, and save
to disk

I've also briefly looked at the Cocoon XMLForms stuff (and related),
but this seems too comprehensive for what I want... I don't want XML
binding to Java objects/beans, I simply want something that will
input/output back to/from the original XML file. Maybe there is a
tool/sample/example within the Cocoon distribution that does this, but
I haven't actually looked yet.

Any pointers welcome.

....
Jul 20 '05 #1
4 3362
Authentic from www.altova.com seems to do what your asking.

wh************@yahoo.com (Frank Einstein) wrote in message news:<5c**************************@posting.google. com>...
Looking for a tool that can edit an XML file in a browser. The basic
requirement is that the XML file is rendered as an HTML form with
editable fields (including add/delete, preferably in accordance with
with the document's XSD/DTD or other schema definition). I don't mind
the actual form of this tool - could be implemented as a JSP/Servlet,
ASP component, or browser plug-in for local or remote XML file access.
Alternatively, it doesn't have to be a web browser or HTML as the GUI,
but it does need to be form-based (as opposed to element-tree based
like most simple XML editors).

My initial feeling that something like this would be ubiquitous and
freely available seems to have hit up against a different reality
after a day of looking. Perhaps tool writers are waiting for
standards to progress in this area (XForm ?). Perhaps I'm looking in
the wrong places ?

As an example of what I'm looking for, the closest thing I've found is
described in this series of articles :
http://www.xmlfiles.com/articles/mic...ml/default.asp (this
example uses the Microsoft.XMLDOM asp component)

What's missing here is that the generated HTML form simply reflects
the current XML document instance, and does not allow for
modifications allowable by the XSD/DTD unless they are currently in
the XML document instance. For example, it doesn't give a button to
add an additional element, if this is allowed by the maxOccurrence in
the XSD.

So what I want does this:
- open user-specified XML doc
- (optionally) open XSLT doc for custom GUI/form rendering
- open XSD or DTD doc
- render GUI form containing XML data in accordance with optional XSTL
doc
- allow use of HTML/javascript(or other) controls to change/add/delete
elements/paramenters/data etc., within the confines of the XSD/DTD
- transform form data back to XML format, valid per XSD/DTD, and save
to disk

I've also briefly looked at the Cocoon XMLForms stuff (and related),
but this seems too comprehensive for what I want... I don't want XML
binding to Java objects/beans, I simply want something that will
input/output back to/from the original XML file. Maybe there is a
tool/sample/example within the Cocoon distribution that does this, but
I haven't actually looked yet.

Any pointers welcome.

...

Jul 20 '05 #2
> wh************@yahoo.com (Frank Einstein) wrote in message news:<5c**************************@posting.google. com>...
Looking for a tool that can edit an XML file in a browser. The basic
requirement is that the XML file is rendered as an HTML form with


Perhaps http://bitfluxeditor.org/ is what you're looking for ?

R. Rivière
Jul 20 '05 #3
Had a look at the bitflux site but doesn't give a very good overview
of what bitflux is about. Do you know if it uses XSD to define the XML
editor layout?

If it does then its a pity it only works with Mozilla.
rriv <Ro************************@free.n.o.s.p.a.m.fr> wrote in message news:<un***********@free.n.o.s.p.a.m.fr>...
wh************@yahoo.com (Frank Einstein) wrote in message news:<5c**************************@posting.google. com>...
Looking for a tool that can edit an XML file in a browser. The basic
requirement is that the XML file is rendered as an HTML form with


Perhaps http://bitfluxeditor.org/ is what you're looking for ?

R. Rivière

Jul 20 '05 #4
sk*****@geocities.com (skinhat) writes:
Had a look at the bitflux site but doesn't give a very good overview
of what bitflux is about. Do you know if it uses XSD to define the XML
editor layout?


No, I don't. I also had real difficult to quickly understand how it works and
exactly what for. From what I've seen, it makes extensive use of Mozilla capabilities
for supporting XML, it's very nice.
On the layout subject, I guess it rather uses CSS, but I'm not sure.
I hope someone who's reading this may have more information...

Robert
Jul 20 '05 #5

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