How are you? Very well, I hope. After a lull of several months, I took a
1-day XML class at the local community college (and will take more this
coming week). Meanwhile, I'm trying again to display our test encoded
finding aid (based on your template for XMetaL), but I'm still getting the
following error message:
Error: Automation server can't create object.
I did download both the update to XMetaL 2.0 and MSXML3 (although I had no
idea where to put the latter on my PC -- I guess when you install it, it
puts itself in the right place in the directory scheme? The installed files
are now in the WINNT/System32 directory). But now do I need to make a change
to our copy of your ead macro for XMetaL? I see the part in the macro where
I might make a change (since the macro seems to be calling XT), but I'm not
sure exactly what to change. Taking another approach, I tried adding a
processing instruction referencing your #2 stylesheet to the top of my
encoded finding aid, and this time a formatted window opened, but there was
no text from the finding aid in it, and I still got the error message. Can
you suggest what I might be doing wrong?
Thanks so very much.
Manuscripts and Special Collections Cataloging Librarian
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, Washington 98195-2900
(206) 685-8782 fax
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Fox, Michael" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: XMetaL / stylesheet viewing question
> Marsha's comment triggered a call to Softquad support which revealed the
> following two interesting facts.
> By default, XMetaL 2.0 uses the Microsoft XSL transformation software
> the reference to the latest version of MSXML) rather than XT.
> It appears that with the July 2000 release of MSXML3 Microsoft may well
> support all of the XSLT functions included in the EAD Cookbook templates.
> am extrapolating this from their web site, not from actual testing. This
> new version may be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/xml
> If you don't want to use the Microsoft tool, XMetaL 2.0 still supports the
> use of XT. There apparently is a readme file in 2.0 under support/xslt
> explains how to configure the software to do so.
> Michael J. Fox
> Acting Assistant Director for Library and Archives
> Minnesota Historical Society
> 345 Kellogg Blvd West
> St. Paul, MN 55102-2409
> 651-296-2150 (phone)
> 651-296-9961 (fax)
> [log in to unmask]
> > ----------
> > From: Marsha Maguire[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Monday, September 11, 2000 5:07 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: XMetaL / stylesheet viewing question
> > We are experiencing Page Preview problems, too. We just installed
> > 2.0. When I try to preview tagged documents (even the sample documents
> > provided with XMetaL), I get the following error message:
> > Page Preview Error: Automation server can't create object. You need to
> > the latest version of MSXML from the Microsoft site.
> > I emailed SoftQuad about the problem (a few days ago) but have not yet
> > received a reply.
> > Marsha Maguire
> > Manuscripts and Special Collections Cataloging Librarian
> > University of Washington Libraries
> > Box 352900
> > Seattle, Washington 98195-2900
> > (206) 543-8407
> > (206) 685-8782 fax
> > [log in to unmask]
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Mandy Oates" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Monday, September 11, 2000 2:14 PM
> > Subject: XMetaL / stylesheet viewing question
> > > Hopefully someone out there can help me handle this problem - thanks
> > > advance for any ideas!
> > >
> > > Situation:
> > > I have a validated xml document (located in my "Documents" directory),
> > > and an ead stylesheet taken from Michael Fox's EAD Cookbook, (located
> > > my "Styles" directory). I have not yet been able to transform this xml
> > > document into html.
> > >
> > > In XMetaL, when I have my document open in "Tags On", I see my nice
> > > validated document with the tags on. When I go to "Page Preview", I
> > > the template for the stylesheet but WITH NO DATA - that is, none of my
> > > document shows up in the stylesheet - I just see the stylesheet's
> > > background color and headers, and the links for "Return to Table of
> > > Contents", etc.
> > >
> > > Question:
> > > Why is this happening?!
> > > Do I have to transform the file into html before I can see what it
> > > look like with the stylesheet?
> > > Or could it be that I have the stylesheet in the wrong directory?
> > >
> > > Thanks very much,
> > > Mandy Oates
> > >