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   Re: [xml-dev] Can XML Schemas do this?

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paul@prescod.net (Paul Prescod) writes:
>You've reversed the issue of bother. When you allow any order you
>"bother" the user with the responsibility of choosing an order. From
>the user's point of view, the order matters unless they are told

Hmm...  I guess I just don't believe that.

As a user dealing with information, I tend to prefer to keep whatever
order I had for information originally.  If I'm copying structured lists
of numbers, for instance, having to copy columns out of order is a huge
nuisance.  Typing them in as they came is easier and results in fewer

Enforcing a particular order is fine if and only if I can count on my
inputs - which may not come from computers - matching that order.  If I
have to change the order which I found most comfortable to match your
choice of order, I'm a lot less happy.

I don't encounter too many users who are bothered when told they can
enter information or markup information in whatever order came with the
information.  I do encounter users who are annoyed every time someone
tells them to change the order.

Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!
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