Archive for February 2007

I am thinking about the new API of XPontus. Most stuff depends on the main window which act sometimes as a wrapper for helper classes. I should get rid of the dependencies upon the main window. I will have to rewrite the API taking into account that the editor must provide extensions points where a plugin might "be plugged".

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The 1.0.0rc2 version of XPontus XML Editor(http://xpontus.sf.net) was released today. I am about to get back working on the development version. Here is the list of features to add and test :

  • xml code completion
  • xpath
  • xquery and stx support for transformations
  • full caching of dtd and schemas
  • better use of the docking framework
  • virtual file system support
  • tree view for xml editing
  • xml code outline view
  • xml signature support
  • api to integrate xpontus into other applications

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Here are the new user interface improvements before the 1.0.0rc2 releases. The tabbedpane now has close icons. On a double click, the document container is maximized.

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The 1.0.0rc2 release of xpontus is ready. I will build the installers this week.
Here are the problems which have been corrected :
- Encoding detection
- Schema validation

Options has been added to customize the token colors.

Among the new features there are :
- auto close of xml tags
- package installers for solaris and freebsd
- dtd and schema caching when validating xml files

The code has been cleaned up and more comments have been added.


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Code completion(based on dtd or schema introspection) is here but still very experimental.
Here are the remaining problems for the upcoming release :
When content assist is enabled, the typing is very slow.

  • Code completion database doesn't process dtd subsets (the parser doesn't ready any sub-dtd)
  • Plugin support is a must as lots of features will be added
  • Some code must be rewritten to take advantage of the docking framework
  • Virtual filesystem support is not complete
  • XML Catalog is incomplete too
  • XPath support doesn't support namespaces yet
  • My other project jxsltdoc is in progress, it will be added as well as a schema documentation tool(xssdoc and dtddoc)

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I finished the outline view to browse code structure and I re-coded lots of classes to make full use of the new docking framework.

The latest screenshot


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I am a little bit late for the release, working on the user interface. I want to second release candidate to be great in terms of user experience, features and usability. It will be a great move towards a full featured XML editor.

Here is a screenshot of the new UI(I am making full use of the docking windows library)


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I added syntax highlighting for XQUERY and DTD today. I will try to complete the code completion for XML the week end with some help from IRC.

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