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Re: XML Editor recommendation?
To: Michael Champion <mchamp@--------.--->
Date: 11/23/2000 11:35:00 AM
On Thu, 23 Nov 2000, Michael Champion wrote: > What features does XMetaL have the Epic LE doesn't, and vice versa? Not anything a comprehensive list, but some of the more significant differences (for us), beyond price, included: 1. Platform independence (a plus for the Arbortext line); XMetaL is strictly a Windows product. 2. "Standardized" scripting languages (a plus for the Softquad line); with XMetaL you can use any scripting language which supports the Microsoft Scripting Language Interface (e.g., VBScript, JScript, PerlScript, Python), with builtin support for VBScript and JScript. Granted, the link to an vendor-specific Interface is not the same as, say, an ISO/ANSI language standard, but the Arbortext scripting language is rich but completely proprietary. It's not hard to project the relative difficulty of recruiting staff to maintain a system scripted in VBScript or JScript versus Arbortext's proprietary scripting language. 3. Extension architecture (a plus for Arbortext in our view, though I recognize that some developers will call it the other way). There are two options for serious extensions to Epic, using either Java or a standard dynamic loadable library (DLL in the Windows world). For XMetaL the only choice is Microsoft's OLE Automation interface. Compared with direct calls to dll functions, the Automation interface introduces a layer that I'd personally prefer to do without, having encountered on more than one project some of the bugs that COM/OLE Automation can introduce (and I'm not talking about the bugs the project developers make). 4. We found the organization of the Softquad programmer documentation made it somewhat easier to find what we were looking for than the Arbortext docs. Not a huge differentiating factor. Hope this helps. We'd be interested to hear other assessments. -- Bob Kline mailto:bkline@r... http://www.rksystems.com