If you're interested in giving XMetaL a try, you can download a 30-day
evaluation version from SoftQuad's web site http://www/sq/com.

In answer to your questions, the rules file (.rlx file for XML output) is
available from the EAD Help Pages  No charge!

Yes, you can select an entire element, or group of elements, just you can
in A/E.  XMetaL and A/E function in very similar ways, although XMetaL puts
more of the windows that are frequently used (i.e., element and attribute
selection boxes) right on the desktop.

There are a number of print and viewing options with XMetaL.


At 03:47 PM 5/18/00 -0400, you wrote:
>I wonder if those of you using Xmetal would mind answering:
>1)  Do you need separate software to compile a rules file (or whatever)
>from the DTD?  If so, how much does this cost?
>2)  One of the things I like about Author/Editor is the fact that I can
>select a whole element, thus making it very easy to deal with complex
>hierarchies in finding aids (<c> within <c> within <c> within <c> and so
>on).  Is this functionality included in Xmetal?
>3)  If you are printing your finding aids, can you do so from Xmetal in an
>acceptable way, or do you need to use some intermediate software?
>Thanks in advance for any info.,
>Kate Bowers
>Processing Archivist
>Harvard University Archives
>Cambridge, MA 02138
>voice:  (617) 495-2461
>fax:    (617) 495-8011
>email:  [log in to unmask]

Kris Kiesling
Chair, SAA EAD Working Group
Chair, SAA Standards Committee
Head, Department of Manuscripts and Archives
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX  78713-7219
Voice:  (512) 232-4614
Fax:  512.471.9646
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