I want a free software that can

  1. Edit XML without displaying the tags (kind of WYSIWYG).
  2. Run on Linux.

These would be ideal, but not necessary:

  1. Open-source.
  2. DocBook support.
  3. CSS styling.
  • 3
    “Edit XML without displaying the tags” is a weird requirement, since XML tags don't have a defined meaning (it's not like, say, HTML, where you can use bold text to convey “this is inside a `<strong>” tag etc.). How would you want to view and insert tags in the document? Would you want whitespace to be rendered as is or would you want a rendering that shows the tag structure? Jun 13, 2015 at 10:02
  • I was thinking of something like Adobe FrameMaker where the formatting is defined by the position in the document. I don't really care about how to insert tags as long as the possibility to do it exists. Like FrameMaker, it should remove the tag structure.
    – Federico
    Jul 14, 2015 at 18:28
  • As far as I know, FrameMaker can only edit very particular kinds of XML files. You should probably restrict your question to one of these formats. Please post a sample of the XML file you want to edit. Thanks!
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:28
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Syntext Serna XML Editor had a free version but it changed to CORENA Studio which is no longer free. See this question for details.

However you can still find older version for download over the internet. Here is a possible download.

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