Jaxe 2.1 review

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Jaxe is a Java XML editor with a graphical document-oriented interface

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Damien Guillaume
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Jaxe is a Java XML editor with a graphical document-oriented interface. It is configurable with an XML schema and a configuration file. It supports validation at element insertion, and is customisable with Java modules. There is an HTML preview with an XSLT stylesheet. Examples include XHTML strict and a Docbook article.

Here are some key features of "Jaxe":
configurable with an XML schema and a file describing the menus to insert the elements
adapted to structured narrative XML documents
validation at elements insertion
multi-platform (Java 1.3+)
free open-source software
possible addition of Java modules to add customised graphical interfaces
HTML preview with an XSLT stylesheet
panel with a tree view
panel with allowed elements
panel with the current element attributes
contextual menu
multiple undo/redo
source code display
complete validation using Xerces
configuration file examples for XHTML strict, simplified Docbook, and a schema for online courses
French, English and German localisations (the system language is used by default)
spell checking with English, French and German dictionaries
equation editor
online help based on the XML schema
XPath search

Jaxe does not let you edit XML files without a configuration file for the language.
Jaxe is not "WYSIWYG" (What You See Is What You Get), it is "WYSIWYM" (What You See Is What You Mean). As with all good XML editor, display is an operation independant from data input.
Jaxe does not validate on the fly XML schema datatypes (integer, double, maximum value, ...). On the other hand, one can create new Java components to be able to edit specific datatypes, with any constraint.
Jaxe is not a Java applet: it cannot be used in a web browser. However, Hugo Burm has created a Java Webstart application based on Jaxe which can answer this need.

Jaxe can be used as an administrator, to define a configuration file for a given XML language, or as an end user with the administrator's configuration files. Developers can also add Swing components to display elements, or use Jaxe within other applications.

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