I would avoid Word 2003 in favor of something specifically designed for XML authoring.  I think the additional capabilities you will get will be well worth it.  Since the output is xml, which is application-neutral, I wouldn't be too concerned about using a proprietary program -- unless it's the licensing fees and tech support that you are concerned about?   We're using Xmetal and have been pretty happy with it, the exception being that the version we got doesn't do xsl transformations so we're using saxon for that.  Xmetal comes from a company that has been doing SGML and XML editors for (relatively speaking) a long time -- about ten years I think, though their name has changed at least once.  I used their SGML authoring application six or seven years ago (it was then called SoftQuad Author/Editor) and was very happy with it.  They also put out the HTML authoring application HoTMetaL, if anyone remembers that.  So their track record is pretty good.  

Other options: 

- oXygen (, but my impression was that it's a bit complicated and not as intuitive as some of the others.  

- Altova's XML Spy ( ) -- quite good and has a free home edition

- An add-on for NoteTab that lets you author XML ( .  I haven't used it but it's been mentioned on the list so I'm sure someone else can comment on that one...


Michele Rothenberger
Syracuse University
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse, NY

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Dear List--

The Archives at Carnegie Mellon is working with our in-house tech staff to 
implement EAD.  The tech staff has asked the Archives to recommend an xml 
editor for such.  Xmetal has been suggested, as has Word 2003, but we are 
concerned about working with proprietary programs and/or with an xml editor 
that has a short shelflife.  Any suggestions?

Thank You!--
Jennie Benford
University/Heinz Archivist
Carnegie Mellon University