What is XMLOGOS?
XMLOGOS is software distributed as “Software as a Service” available in internet browser, allowing the creation of text databases in an XML standard in a user friendly environment. It also helps to manage teams creating the content. A user doesn’t see an underlying XML code which is automatically generated in the background and formatted according to a central style sheet (CSS).
What can XMLOGOS achieve?
The content created in XMLOGOS is a structured document – every part of a text can be described with attributes. Fragments of a text can be separated into fields containing metadata describing its content – references, subject, key words, importance. A user can create custom fields according to their needs.
Fragments of a text can also be described with inline style tags containing formatting information rather than the description of the content. Every user of MS Word needs to be familiar with inline style – bold, cursive, upper and lower indexes etc.
XMLOGOS allows also easy creation of mathematical formulas. All the formulas are stored in two different formats – Tex and MathML. Thanks to this, it is possible to use it directly in a webpage or convert to raster graphics for usage in programs that don’t support mathematical formulas directly, i.e. InDesign.
Another useful function is the possibility to describe content with key words which allow selective export. A user can decide to export only given types of indexes, references or captions under figures rather than a whole document. Many of the available DTP programs support importing of such documents which can then be further processed to create final publications with indexes and references on the bottom of columns. Captions under figures can be generated as a separate text stream. Tables can also be automatically generated from XML as long as a given software is able to convert the MS Word standard xHTML. Therefore a whole process of preparing documents for publication in a digital format (website, PDF, ebook) can be automated thanks to using tags and styles in the XML format.
How does XMLOGOS differ from MS Word?
The graphical user interface (GUI) looks the same. That allows easy transition for every user already familiar with MS Word. The main difference is metadata. Additional information “attached” to texts and their fragments allows answering much more complex needs of a client and creating content on demand, which is in fact a personalised text compilation. The compilation can be exported directly as a website, epub, pdf or any other allowed by its properties.
Therefore, what differs is in fact the way in which a content is consumed. Using various, standardised text sets a user can create a new, personalised content. For example, one can create compilation about a selected geographical region describing its history, geography and touristic qualities as long as a database contains the required content. Another example can be a compilation of your favourite tales from tales database created by various authors.
Another important feature is an access to a closed environment in which different users can create their own content or expand a content shared by other users. The final product of such a work is a compilation covering a given subject.
How does working in XMLOGOS differ from other, traditional methods?
XMLOGOS allows working in a centralised environment. Many users can simultaneously work on the same set of texts. Separating each fragment in fields allows redactors to check and correct new content as soon as it is created and all amendments made in this central system can be instantly distributed to all documents where the content was used, for example on a webpage.
XMLOGOS can be used on any computer with internet access and an internet browser. The software doesn’t contain any components that have to be installed on a local machine. Every feature is executed on a server side or by an internet browser. All computing services like final formatting or exporting are processed by the server so the client terminals won’t be overloaded.
The XMLOGOS licence doesn’t limit a number of users assigned to a given project. Appropriate administration and the possibility to assign users with strictly defined authorisation ensures control and efficiency of the project.
The XMLOGOS Archive
A very important feature of the system is archiving. All saved versions of a content being created are stored in a separate repository. The final version (without history of changes) of every project can be exported and saved on a user’s local machine.