codex-logo-2011.jpg  Choosing a standard for XML authoring is just one step on a long road to structured content management. Eventually you will need to create content based on said standard. This is where Codex Systems wants to help.

The Darwin Information Typing Architecture, or DITA as it is more affectionately known, is an open standard XML format conceived by IBM in 2001 and intended for authors to create small topic files that can be rolled up into larger documents.

User-friendly XML authoring tools are somewhat of a holy grail in content management circles. Most organizations are trapped in the cycle of subject matter experts sending content to technical writers -- either via email or email attachment -- and then requiring the technical writers to mark up the content with XML for publishing.

What if your technical writers could actually write, and what if your SMEs could enter content directly into the publishing system? Codex aims to solve that problem.

What Makes Codex Different?

Codex begins with the foundation of a rich text editor -- a tool that both technical writers and subject matter experts are comfortable with -- and builds upon it with the idea of topics and maps. Because the XML authoring tool is built on top of a rich text editor, authors can enter text and apply styles with little or no training.

Sounds cool, but what does it look like?

Codex Topic Editor for Windows

It looks like a simple straightforward rich text editor, right? But what about combining the topics into larger documents using maps?

Codex Map Editor for Windows

Based on the screenshots, it looks easy to use. But what about cheap?

A single user license for a year is US $99. However, Codex doesn't expect you to pull out the corporate credit card based on a few screenshots. You can try Codex for free for 15 days.

Do us a favor -- download the trial, fit it into your workflow for a few days and drop us a comment telling us what you think.