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   RE: XML Editor recommendation?

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  • From: David LeBlanc <whisper@oz.net>
  • To: James Robertson <jamesr@steptwo.com.au>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 19:45:30 -0800

FWIW, MS is adopting X-Metal for internal doc development.

-----Original Message-----
From: James Robertson [mailto:jamesr@steptwo.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 6:32 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: XML Editor recommendation?

At 08:19 23/11/2000, Marcus Carr wrote:

>Simon North wrote:
> > 1. Let your users continue to use MS Word, but push / persuade /
> > coerce / train them into using styles in a structured and disciplined
> > manner.
>Upon completion, you will join the elite club of those who are qualified to
>juggle four angry, hissing cats.
> > 2. Convert the structured MS Word documents (via RTF) into XML
> > ... there are a few really excellent conversion packages around.
>True, but in ten years, I think I've only seen three decent implemetations
>using this sort of approach. Usually humans tend to get in the way of an
>otherwise elegant system...

I agree with Marcus 100% here.

I've never seen a really working implementation that
uses Word as the editor.

Word is simply too loose: by design, it encourages
(or even forces) the user to move away from structured
use of paragraph styles.

(And yes, like Marcus, I've done plenty of real-world
conversions of RTF->XML, and it's not a pretty or
fun process.)

Garbage in, garbage out.
It's as simple as that.


James Robertson
Step Two Designs Pty Ltd
SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy
Illumination: an out-of-the-box Intranet solution



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