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   Re: [xml-dev] Does WTSIWYG make simplicity moot? (was Re: [xml-dev]dtds,

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Mike Champion wrote:

> Sure, the Wizzy IDE's can handle the simple cases, but "oh, the humanity!"
> when things start to get complicated or the un-stated assumptions
> are violated.  Throw  newbies with some training in the fundamentals
> out of XML Spy and ask them to deal with DTD 
> (or, hopefully someday, RELAX NG) then they have a reasonable
> hope of figuring out what's wrong and fixing it by hand.  Throw just
> about ANYONE out of Spy when the going gets tough and force them 
> to confront some of the more  exotic bits of W3C XSDL, 
> and they'll be howling for blood.

Poor abstractions will cause dissonance. What's leaking is the 
difference between what's expected and what actually happens - 
often, the mental model being divined through the abstraction turns 
out to be a bad fit with reality.

Bill de hÓra



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