Some weeks ago, I posted a similar inquiry, but not many responses ensued.
I subsequently ordered/downloaded evaluation versions of several freeware
and proprietary packages, including:

Internet Archivist
Interleaf's Quicksilver

and several others, for a total of about 10. Of all these, I think XMetal
was the best value for a full-featured authoring and editing package. THe
learning curve was not terribly difficult, it provided multiple views of
EAD-tagged documents, converted back and forth from SGML to XML easily,
included a good validation function, and was able to handle other dtd's
besides EAD, in case you ever need to do engage in any other type of
markup. I am recommending that my institution purchase this package.

Hope this brief review helps.

Chuck Thomas

Question to Elvis: "What kind of girls do you prefer?"

Elvis: "Female mostly."

    (Nashville: Cumberland House, 1997)

"Qui me amat, amet et canem meum" (Love me, love my dog)
 - A proverb mentioned by St. Bernard in his SERMO PRIMUS

Charles F. Thomas
Special Collections/Archives Technical Services Librarian
Univ. of Minnesota Libraries
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