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= Vex - A Visual Editor for XML =
 
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=Visual Editor for XML=
 
  
Vex is an editor for XML documents. The "visual" part comes from the fact that Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordprocessor-like interface. Because of this, Vex is best suited for "document-style" XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than "data-style" XML documents.
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Vex is an editor for '''XML documents'''. Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a '''wordp rocessor like''' interface. Vex uses standard '''DTD files to define document types''' and '''CSS stylesheets to define document layout'''. Vex contains definitions for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docbook DocBook] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DITA DITA]. To edit other XML formats a DTD and a CSS are needed.
  
{{note| | Vex has moved from the [http://vex.sourceforge.net/ SourceForge] project site to eclipse.}}
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Vex is based on the Eclipse platform, the same platform used to build the popular Eclipse Java development environment:
'''Vex is Standards-Based'''
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* Vex leverages many of the mature plugins that make up the Eclipse Java IDE such as the '''CVS''' interface, '''document searching''' and '''bookmarking''' facilities, and searchable '''help system'''.
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* The Eclipse platform implements a sophisticated plugin architecture, allowing Vex '''to be extended with third-party or custom, in-house plugins'''.
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* Vex is available with '''native look-and-feel on many platforms''', including Windows, Linux/GTK, and Macintosh OS-X/Carbon.
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* Java developers using the Eclipse IDE can instal Vex into their IDE as a plugin, making it easy to maintain software documentation or other XML files with Vex.
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* Vex is Reusable: The Vex editor widget is available as a pure Java, cross-platform component with bindings SWT. Developers can '''re-use this widget''', for example as an RCP application.
  
Vex uses standard DTD files to define document types and CSS stylesheets to define document layout.
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{{note| | Vex has moved from the [http://vex.sourceforge.net/ SourceForge] project site to Eclipse (see [[WTP/VisualXMLEditor/Proposal | Original Project Proposal]]). John Krasney has contributed the code of Vex to Eclipse as of August 2008. All code is now licensed under the Eclipse Public License.}}
Vex is Extensible
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Vex is based on the Eclipse platform, the same platform used to build the popular Eclipse Java development environment. This foundation provides several advantages.
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== Dependencies ==
 
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* The Eclipse platform implements a sophisticated plugin architecture, allowing Vex to be extended with third-party or custom, in-house plugins.
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* Vex leverages many of the mature plugins that make up the Eclipse Java IDE such as the CVS interface, document searching and bookmarking facilities, and searchable help system.
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* Vex is available with native look-and-feel on many platforms, including Windows, Linux/GTK, and Macintosh OS-X/Carbon.
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* Java developers using the Eclipse IDE can import Vex into their IDE as a plugin, making it easy to maintain software documentation with Vex.
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'''Vex is Reusable'''
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The Vex editor widget is available as a pure Java, cross-platform component with bindings SWT. Developers can re-use this widget, for example as an RCP application.
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=Dependencies=
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Vex requires the Web Tools XML feature to be installed.
 
Vex requires the Web Tools XML feature to be installed.
  
= Downloads =
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= Download =
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[[WTP/VisualEditorForXML/New | New and Noteworthy]]
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* [http://build.eclipse.org/webtools/committers/ Integration builds]
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* [https://build.eclipse.org/hudson/view/WTP/job/cbi-wtp-inc.vex Continuous Integration builds] (may or may not be stable): provide P2 update site zip files that can be used to install the latest version
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* Source Code: [https://build.eclipse.org/hudson/view/WTP/job/cbi-wtp-inc.vex/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/incubator/sourceediting/development/org.eclipse.wst.xml.vex.releng/psfs/vex.cvs.psf Team Project Set] (see ''[http://help.eclipse.org/galileo/topic/org.eclipse.platform.doc.user/tasks/tasks-cvs-project-set.htm Sharing your workspace setup using Project Sets]'') to provide patches for bugs and enhancements
  
Vex is an incubating project.  Integration builds may be retrieved from. http://build.eclipse.org/webtools/committers/
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== Documentation ==
 
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Continuous Integration builds which may or may not be stable, can be found on at https://build.eclipse.org/hudson/view/WTP/job/cbi-wtp-inc.vex//
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The CI builds provide P2 update site zip files that can be used to install the latest version of Vex.  Vex has been tested on Eclipse 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6.
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=Technical Background=
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= Documentation =
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* [[VEX/Design | Design Document]]
 
* [[VEX/Design | Design Document]]
 
* [[VEX/UserManual | User Manual]]
 
* [[VEX/UserManual | User Manual]]
  
=Contributing=
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== Contributing ==
 
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There are numerous ways to contribute beyond code contributions.  The Vex user manual is maintained on the wiki.  Please feel free to update and keep it current.  If you want to contribute code, please use a team project set to bring in the code you will need to make changes to the Vex code base.
 
There are numerous ways to contribute beyond code contributions.  The Vex user manual is maintained on the wiki.  Please feel free to update and keep it current.  If you want to contribute code, please use a team project set to bring in the code you will need to make changes to the Vex code base.
  
== Team Project Set: ==
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== Other Resources ==
 
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* [[WTP/VisualEditorForXML/Plan | DRAFT Plan]]
[https://build.eclipse.org/hudson/view/WTP/job/cbi-wtp-inc.vex/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/incubator/sourceediting/development/org.eclipse.wst.xml.vex.releng/psfs/vex.cvs.psf VEX Team Project Set].
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* [[WTP/VisualEditorForXML/CommittersResources | Committers and Contributors]] - Resources for those interested in contributing and working with the Vex source code.
 
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* [[WTP/VisualEditorForXML/CommittersResources | Committers and Contributors]] - Resources for those interested in contributing and working with the Vex source code.
Use the VEX Team Project set file to get retrieve the code and to provide patches for bugs and enhancements.
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==Other Resources:==
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* [[Development_Resources | Development Resources]]
 
* [[Development_Resources | Development Resources]]
 
* [[CVS_Howto | CVS Howto]]
 
* [[CVS_Howto | CVS Howto]]
 
* [http://wiki.eclipse.org/Category:WTP_Build_Related WTP Build]
 
* [http://wiki.eclipse.org/Category:WTP_Build_Related WTP Build]
  
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Revision as of 12:08, 1 January 2010

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Vex - A Visual Editor for XML

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Vex is an editor for XML documents. Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordp rocessor like interface. Vex uses standard DTD files to define document types and CSS stylesheets to define document layout. Vex contains definitions for DocBook and DITA. To edit other XML formats a DTD and a CSS are needed.

Vex is based on the Eclipse platform, the same platform used to build the popular Eclipse Java development environment:

  • Vex leverages many of the mature plugins that make up the Eclipse Java IDE such as the CVS interface, document searching and bookmarking facilities, and searchable help system.
  • The Eclipse platform implements a sophisticated plugin architecture, allowing Vex to be extended with third-party or custom, in-house plugins.
  • Vex is available with native look-and-feel on many platforms, including Windows, Linux/GTK, and Macintosh OS-X/Carbon.
  • Java developers using the Eclipse IDE can instal Vex into their IDE as a plugin, making it easy to maintain software documentation or other XML files with Vex.
  • Vex is Reusable: The Vex editor widget is available as a pure Java, cross-platform component with bindings SWT. Developers can re-use this widget, for example as an RCP application.
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Vex has moved from the SourceForge project site to Eclipse (see Original Project Proposal). John Krasney has contributed the code of Vex to Eclipse as of August 2008. All code is now licensed under the Eclipse Public License.


Dependencies

Vex requires the Web Tools XML feature to be installed.

Download

New and Noteworthy

Documentation

Contributing

There are numerous ways to contribute beyond code contributions. The Vex user manual is maintained on the wiki. Please feel free to update and keep it current. If you want to contribute code, please use a team project set to bring in the code you will need to make changes to the Vex code base.

Other Resources