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   RE: Editors for poorl formed XML

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  • From: Ben Sarsgard <BSarsgard@Versient.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org, "'smith@xml-doc.org'" <smith@xml-doc.org>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 11:03:03 -0500

My tool of choice for editing XML is jEdit, with the HTML plugin.  The HTML
plugin comes with an implementation of Tidy.  This works quite well for me,
as I'm usually generating the XML programatically, then I must save a file
and look at it to debug.  Tidy will take a big messy text file, and format
it nice and pretty, and tell me if there's any errors with it.  jEdit on its
own is also just a great open source editor, written in java.

You can find jEdit here: http://jedit.sourceforge.net , and you can download
and istall the HTML plugin from withing the program, using the plugin

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Smith [mailto:smith@xml-doc.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 5:13 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: Editors for poorl formed XML

Steven Lewis <smlewis@lordjoe.com> writes:

> Does anyone know of tools to help a human transform poorly formed
> XML into well formed XML - perferably open source and Java based????

Dave Raggett's "HTML Tidy":

Not just for HTML -- you can also use it to clean up XML. Read the
info at the site.

> There are a large number of open source editors for WELL FORMED XML.
> We have a project where, at least in version 1, human beings will be
> writing in XML and frequently will generate poorly formed XML .

I don't understand -- why will they be generating poorly formed XML?
What authoring application will they use?

You won't need Tidy or anything else if they author with a validating
editor, which will _prevent_ them from generating poorly formed or
invalid document instances. That's what validating editors are for.

You may get better feedback -- and general suggestions about working
with document authoring teams -- if you post your question to the
XML-Doc mailing list, which focuses specifically on authoring issues.
E-mail a blank message to xml-doc-subscribe@egroups.com or visit:


Among the 1000+ subscribers on the list, I'm certain you'll get a
reply from someone who has dealt with an authoring situation similar
to yours -- someone who can provide insight that could help you.


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