|Developer(s)||Flatirons Solutions, Inc.|
|Stable release||5.0 / September 2013|
|Operating system||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X|
Serna XML Editor is a document-oriented WYSIWYG XML editor. Originally developed by Syntext, Inc., and sold under the name Syntext Serna Enterprise Edition, it was purchased by InfoTrust Group in 2012. InfoTrust Group renamed the editor as Serna XML Editor. InfoTrust Group and Flatirons Solutions joined forces in June 2013. A couple of months later, InfoTrust Group took the Flatirons Solutions name and the companies came together under a single Flatirons Solutions brand. Flatirons Solutions no longer makes available the open source version.
XML editing features
The user is assisted in element insertion by means of context-specific lists of valid elements and allowed attributes with possible attribute values, and context-sensitive help for elements and attributes. Unambiguously required elements are created automatically.
Serna XML Editor eases the work even with extensive documents through large document support, advanced document navigation, and search&replace that allows the user to find text, attribute names and values, comments, and elements.
Serna XML Editor supports DITA 1.0, DITA 1.1, and DITA 1.2 documents out-of-the-box as well as DITA specializations.
A number of DITA usability tools simplify insertion and editing of common DITA constructs such as conref, xref, related links, topicref, etc.
References in DITA Maps and topics display the titles retrieved from the referred documents. The user can quickly navigate to the target of a reference.
DITA Maps can be shown with the resolved content of all the referred topics.
The content referred with conref can be shown resolved in-place indistinguishable from regular content. Alternatively, conref can be shown as a highlighted path to the target element.
The content of local conrefs can be edited in-place.
Document view and profiling
Document view in the Editing Window is dynamic and flexible. It is controlled by XSLT/XSL-FO stylesheets. The user can switch between several profiled views of a document. For example, a DITA map can be shown as a hierarchy of topicrefs or as the resolved content of the referred topics.
The content of a document can be divided into multiple numbered pages or displayed on a single page. The Paginated view is convenient for working with extensive documents such as Docbook. The Normal view is convenient when the user prefers to avoid breaks in content, for example when working with tables.
Serna XML Editor supports internal and external entities, XInclude, and the DITA conref mechanism.
The most essential XInclude features are supported. It is possible to include a text file or an XML document, or include only a fragment of an XML document.
All entities/XInclude are edited in-place. Changes are propagated with immediate visual feedback to all occurrences of entity/XInclude references in a document.
Collaboration and review
Serna XML Editor provides several features for international collaborative authoring.
A full review cycle is supported, including the ability to redline any document portion as inserted, deleted or commented, optionally adding an annotation, and redlining navigation to accept or reject the redlining marks.
The WebDAV functionality allows users to edit and save documents shared with other people on a WebDAV-enabled server. The SSL protocol provides for secure communication between Serna and a remote HTTP or WebDAV server.
The user interface is localized into a number of languages (Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Igbo, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish).
Serna XML Editor offers multi-channel publishing, including out-of-the-box publishing to HTML and external publishing to PDF with FOP, XEP, or Antenna House XSL Formatter.
A document can be printed as draft right from Serna XML Editor exactly as it appears on the screen. PostScript and PDF generation is also available.
Customization and integration
Serna XML Editor is fully customizable and integratable.
A customized user interface can be saved for a specific document type (e.g. Docbook or DITA). When the user opens a document, the associated user interface layout comes up automatically.
It is possible to create a configuration package with specific settings (e.g. XML catalog file list) and files (stylesheets, examples, etc.), and then apply it across all installations.
Serna XML Editor supports the following open standards:
- CALS Table editing and rendering
- W3C Schema
- W3C DTD
- Scripting: Python
- XSL: XSLT and XSL-FO
- OASIS XML Catalogs
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