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About the XMLtype project
Setting Up XMLtype
How to Use It

About the XMLtype project

Main Features
Known Bugs and Limitations
Developer's Notes


The intended goal of the XMLtype project is a console based editor of XML document-oriented files in UTF-8 encoding. It is designed from the begining for the multilingual use, even for writing bi-directional texts (e.g. mixed English and Hebrew). The focus has been put on comfortable and fast typing well-formed XMLs; XMLtype is not, therefore, to compete advanced console editors like Emacs or VIM. The project is being written in C++ under GPL license.


  • UTF-8 console support. On Linux, it's usually supplied by console-tools.
  • libxml, a XML parser written by Daniel Veillard. Included in most of the Linux distributions.

Main Features

Release 0.8

  • basic editing features
  • capable of editing larger files
  • simple bidi support (Arabic, Hebrew)
  • multiple keymaps; key-bound keymap changing
  • XML-editing features (closing tags, fast remark inserting, commenting/uncommenting text, etc.)
  • syntax highlight
  • paragraph auto-indention
  • DTD-based contextual word-completing (similar to filename completing in Bash) of elements, attributes, entities and enumerated values
  • undo/redo

Known Bugs and Limitations

  • XMLtype changes keyboard layout for all virtual consoles, as it uses 'loadkeys' for loading keymaps.
  • At the recent stage, XMLtype doesn't allow user to save file under different filename. Therefore, don't edit files located on read-only filesystem: you won't be able to save the changes!
  • Typing extremely long tag names exceeding screen width without any word break can make XMLtype crash.
  • Undo/redo is not quite precise in case of newline inserting/deleting.
  • Markup embedded in document through external entity reference is ignored by contextual word-completing mechanism. For workaround, see config doc.

Developer's Notes

I cannot promise systematic and continuous development of XMLtype. I started to develop it simply because I couldn't find a suitable application to write my multilingual documents. However, programming is not what I am focused on and that's why I plan to add only those features which I need. If someone wishes to cooperate and make XMLtype a serious project, I would be happy to provide all information and answer the questions concerning its code.