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Serna XML Editor from Syntext Supports DocBook, DITA, and TEI with XSLT and XSL-FO

Syntext Unveils Next Generation XML WYSIWYG Editor

Seattle, WA, USA. December 03, 2003.

Syntext, Inc. is proud to announce general availability of Serna (, the next-generation true WYSIWYG XML (Extensible Markup Language) editor.

The key advantage of the new editor is its unique capability to author XML documents in their final (printed) appearance, in addition to their unformatted representation.

Serna is the first and the only XML editor on the market that incorporates on-the-fly XSL-driven rendering technology. This innovative approach eliminates time-consuming edit-and-preview cycles, while providing end users with a familiar, convenient, and intuitive WYSIWYG interface. Serna makes XML editing look and feel like conventional word processing and allows casual users and professional authors to create and maintain complex XML documents.

Syntext CEO, Paul Antonov, is confident that Serna will provide the long-awaited breakthrough in the greatest barrier to the adoption of XML by the business world.

"Before the introduction of Serna, switching to XML required replacement of the ubiquitous word-processing with very different XML data-tree editing. This entailed radical changes in the mindset and work habits of personnel, causing slow adoption and massive retraining costs," said Antonov.

"Serna removes this obstacle by hiding XML behind the familiar facade of a word processor, making XML editing accessible not only to professional technical writers, but also to managers, clerks and non-technical users in fields as diverse as law, finance, government, manufacturing and engineering."

Serna makes another advance by providing full functionality on both Microsoft Windows and Linux OS. Its highly optimized, C++-based design makes it unusually fast and responsive on both platforms. Serna is capable of editing multilingual Unicode-based XML documents, making it an ideal solution for companies worldwide.

The key features of Syntext Serna include: out-of-box support of leading industrial XML standards DocBook, DITA and TEI; on-the-fly XSL rendering (using XSLT and XSL-FO), on-the-fly document validation (based on XML Schema), XSL-FO and CALS table support, multilingual spell checking and availability for Microsoft Windows (2000, XP) and Linux.

For detailed descriptions of Syntext products and free, fully functional trial downloads visit

About Syntext, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Syntext, Inc. is a privately held company located in Bellevue, Washington. Syntext develops software and IT solutions for mid-size and large companies. Visit for more information.


Paul Antonov
Tel: +1-425-891-7983 (Bellevue)
Tel: +7 (916) 6886072 (Moscow)

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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