Vex is a Visual Editor for XML by hidding 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 only 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.
Vex requires the Web Tools XML feature to be installed.
- Integration builds
- Continuous Integration builds (may or may not be stable): provide P2 update site zip files that can be used to install the latest version
- Source Code: Team Project Set (see Sharing your workspace setup using Project Sets) to provide patches for bugs and enhancements
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.