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:
- 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 of software tools for checking the use of styles in Word files,
and for converting them to DocBook and EPUB.
- development of software tools for importing XML content into Adobe InDesign
documents, enabling more controlled placement of content within a document
and the ability to import updated XML content without disrupting document
- development of software tools for transforming from XML to Word and vice versa.
Francis Cave chairs IST/41, the Technical Committee of BSI
responsible for a range of XML standards associated with document description and processing. In
October 2017 he was appointed Chair of the corresponding international standards committee
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document description and
processing languages, which is involved in the maintenance of several important international
standards, including the XML schema languages RELAX NG and Schematron, and specifications for the
office document file formats used by popular software tools such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice
and LibreOffice, and more recently the EPUB 3.0 specification. Starting with version 1.3, he is a co-editor
of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF).