DTD styling

heiko.grussbach at crpht.lu heiko.grussbach at crpht.lu
Tue Dec 1 17:10:50 GMT 1998


since I'm no expert with XML, this may be an easy one, but still...

I have the need to provide an editor for a large range of documents. The
documents are highly structured, but there are many different forms. I
assume, for each form, one would need to write something like a DTD. This
is OK, but I need to be able to edit these documents and I don't want to
write an editor for each DTD or write an Editor that is generic enough to
deal with any DTD I expect.

There are tools for creating an editor from a DTD (like the EditorMaker
from IBM). But since the DTD does not contain any styling, such a tool does
not know, how I want the Editor to look like. I.e. the result of the
EditorMaker is always some generic Editor for an XML-document. This is
somehow similar to having an XML document with a predefined styling. What I
would like to have is the possibility to add styling to the DTD so that a
tool like EditorMaker would create an editor that is more customized to the
styling I want. For example I could define a styling that would map from
the DTD to Java GUI-classes like CheckBox, Menu or ListBox and so on. Then,
running something like the EditorMaker would create the classes for a GUI
with the styling that I defined.

Any comments, suggestions etc are highly appreciated...


Heiko Grussbach
Heiko.Grussbach at crpht.lu

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