Francis Cave Digital Publishing
was established in September 1999 with the aim of delivering a range of XML
consultancy, training, system design and implementation services. It is the
trading name of Francis Cave, an XML expert with more than twenty years'
experience in the field.
The range of services currently on offer includes:
- advice on all aspects of the use of XML in publishing, including:
- strategic reviews, technical audits, feasibility studies and
business case development
- project design, including DTD, schema and stylesheet design and
- design of editorial and production workflows, including XML First and XML Last
- data capture and conversion methods, especially using popular
office word processing tools and professional page layout systems
- editorial, content management and production system selection,
integration and configuration
- processing XML for paper-based delivery
- processing XML for online and other modes of electronic
- introductory and advanced training in XML editing, DTD and schema
- quality assurance in XML publishing projects
Recent and current development projects in which Francis has or is
played a leading role include:
- specification of a Word-to-XML workflow for production of UK
Parliamentary documents (including the House of Commons Order Paper)
- development of XML DTDs, schemas and associated XSLT scripts for
global e-commerce trading standards for the book and serials industries,
including the ONIX and EDItX families of XML formats published by EDItEUR and a series of web service
standards published by Book Industry
- development, in collaboration with
Griffin Brown Digital Publishing
Ltd, of an open source tool to enable the creation of XML expressions of
publications licenses in EDItEUR's ONIX-PL format see the
Sourceforge OPLE Project.
- Development of software tools for checking the use of styles in Word files,
and for converting them to DocBook and EPUB.
Francis Cave is Chairman of IST/41, the
Technical Committee of BSI responsible
for XML and related standards, and regularly represents the UK at meetings of
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document
description and processing languages.