Designed as a development and editing environment for XML, DTD and XSLT documents, Cooktop integrates features such as color-coding, validation of the file as well as stylesheet testing with multiple XSLT engines.
Simple installation, minimalist looks
The application installs easily on the system, the process being straightforward and not demanding too much attention or effort from the user.
Looks are simple and to the point, with options stored in drop-down menus available in the upper part of the screen.
Flexible work space
When opening a new file you can choose to open a DTD (document type definition) editor, a stylesheet or a web browser that can be used for testing purposes.
Multiple documents can be opened at the same time, the Window menu offering the possibility to organize them in tiles or in cascade as well as to close them.
The XML support allows formatting this type of documents, validating them or running a XSLT engine from the list available in Cooktop; among others, it includes MSXML, MSXSL, .NET, Unicorn, XT, Oracle, Infoteria, Xalan and Saxon.
The application is suitable for web development, especially when the activity involves plenty of XML manipulation. However, it has been some time since the project received attention from the developer and plenty of the resources are no longer available.
Aimed at professionals, it may falter in the face of modern tasks
Cooktop is targeted at professional web developers but even so, it has been a long time since the application received an update and it may no longer be suitable for modern tasks.
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