W3C’s Editor/Browser, Amaya 11.2, is a Free Cross-Platform Editor

Amaya is an open source authoring tool created by W3C. Work on Amaya started at W3C in 1996 to showcase Web technologies in a fully-featured Web client. Amaya started out as an HTML and CSS style sheets editor. Since that time it has expanded to support XML and XML applications such as the XHTML, MathML, and SVG. It allows all those vocabularies to be edited simultaneously in compound documents.

The Amaya software is written in C and is available for Linux, Windows, and MacOS X PowerPC and Intel.

The Current Release

The Amaya 11.2 release was made available 3 July 2009. It supports HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, XHTML Basic, XHTML 1.1, HTTP 1.1, MathML 2.0, many CSS 2 features, and SVG.

Amaya includes an SVG editor (for a subset of the language). You can display and partially edit XML documents. It’s an internationalized application. It provides an advanced user interface with contextual menus, a customizable set of menus and tools, and predefined themes.

By default Amaya works with an English dialogue. Other languages are supported:

* French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Georgian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Finnish, Dutch, Slovak, Ukrainian.
* The in-line documentation is available in French and English. The Dutch version is in progress.

For more information, see the Amaya Overview at https://www.w3.org/Amaya/Amaya.html

Amaya binary release packages are available for PC Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat – Mandrake – Suse), Windows (NT, 2000, XP, Vista) and Mac OS X (Power PC and Intel). Download from https://www.w3.org/Amaya/User/BinDist.html

The Drawback

On Windows and Mac OS X, Amaya can run very very slowly depending on your video card driver. AmayaWX and the Windows version use OpenGL for page rendering to give better support to SVG and animations. Be sure you have the latest version of the video card driver installed. The Windows version includes a patch that fixes the problem (in file wxWidgets/src/msw/glcanvas.cpp).

On Unix platforms, Amaya comes with the Mesa library to implement OpenGL primitives. Mesa is a software OpenGL implemetation so Amaya isn’t dependent on video card drivers on Unix.


The FAQ https://www.w3.org/Amaya/User/FAQ.html answers questions about what Amaya is and how to use it.

STCWDC on Twitter


The Washington, DC Chapter has opened a new communication channel on Twitter.

We tweet at https://twitter.com/stcwdc.

Tweet? Twitter? Tweeple? Twitter is often called micro-blogging. Entries posted to Twitter can only contain 140 characters. These postings, or messages, are called tweets. People who tweet are called tweeple.

We have mentioned tweets on this blog earlier in connection with the June 2008 Technical Summit. When the next Summit comes in (May 2009 in Atlanta), chapter members can participate in the chorus of tweets!

Why are we tweeting? Technical communicators are doing many different things these days and there are many channels of communication. No one type of communication channel suits all. The channel called Twitter has a large technical communicator audience, especially among STC members. With this additional form of communication, our presence on Twitter.com will encourage those technical communicators who are not STC members to learn more about STC. This is already happening with our LinkedIn group.

If you are on Twitter and you are interested in issues related to technical communication and the STC Washington, DC Chapter come follow the chapter on Twitter and bring your friends!

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