First Steps with the SIMQIN XML Editor

The SIMQIN – XML Editor convinces with its simple and quick learnability. No knowledge of XML and DTD is necessary for the user. The interface simply abstracts the complex properties of underground XML through the layout view. The editor and author writes his text driven by layout properties that appear similar to Mircosoft Word. However, the SIMQIN – XML editor converts these into valid XML according to the DTD.

The editor can handle any XML structure and can be adapted to the needs of users. The operating concept in the form of the interface elements depends on your requirements and can be freely designed. So you can choose the interface for your XML editing: similar to Microsoft Word or design a different interface.

In any case, you get clean XML data.

5 reasons to get SIMQIN from Acolada.

  • Quick to learn, intuitive to use.
  • WYSIWYG operating concept with layout view.
  • Microsoft Word-type interface and operational concept.
  • Validating XML editor which checks documents for structural integrity.
  • Incredible layout concept


Work with styles, in order to create your XML structures.

Create tables with charme.

about SIMQIN

  • Licensing per user or volume licensing
  • Use as a standalone application or integrated into
    authoring systems such as Sirius CMS
  • Can be used with a variety of document strutures
    to be declared in an XML catalogue


  • Use all note types according to ANSI, also “Safety Instructions”
  • Use your own icons
  • Write reuseable texts with variables, instead of solid text

Functional overview for the SIMQIN XML editor

XML and Word

Today, XML is a widespread standard in multi-media and cross-platform publishing of technical documentation. Many editing programs, management systems and publication tools, as well as many industry standards, are now based on XML. Nevertheless, XML has not yet been able to break through in all areas, because the format has a very clear separation between the structure and the layout of documents. Editors still prefer to work with word processors such as Microsoft Word: here, the text and the document layout are created almost simultaneously and can be immediately checked on screen. Working with XML, on the other hand, requires a sense of the abstract – the text flow is broken up by tags of the document structure. The layout only follows at a further stage in production.

Convenient operation via WYSIWYG

SimQin from Acolada is editor software that is based on the functionality and layout of Microsoft Word 2007/2010. It means that the structure-focused XML is at last linked with “WYSIWYG” functionality of modern Office applications. SimQin shows the document in layout mode from the outset. Additionally, however, the XML document structure and organisation are made visible. Users have the option of accessing authoring systems such as Sirius CMS directly from the program.

Style definitions for the appearance

SimQin supports any document structure that has been declared in an XML catalogue. With SIMQIN Styler you can create style templates and thus connect XML structure and layout. Beneath document, paragraph and character styles, you can also individually configure the operating elements of the interface for every document structure. SimQin then dynamically adapted to varying document structures.


Intuitive usage by all user groups

Editors used to working with Microsoft Word can set character and paragraph styles in the document with the corresponding buttons. Tables, lists and graphics can be inserted just as easily. At the same time, with the WYSIWYG interface, the layout always remains in view. SimQin, however, only allows edits and formatting changes if they are valid according to the XML document structure. That way, editors can be sure that the document created is valid against the XML structure.

Users with knowledge of XML will not only appreciate the structure view of their document, but also the path information for the item currently being edited. Structuring takes place via a context menu that displays allowed elements, thus enabling easy editing.